Roads and Maritime Service (RMS)
The M2 motorway, originally known as the ‘North West Transport Link’, is a 21 km road link, generally of four lanes, between Epping Road and the Lane Cove Tunnel in North Ryde and Old Windsor Road and the Westlink M7 motorway in Baulkham Hills. There is a two-lane busway between the motorway’s general traffic lanes along an 8 km section between Beecroft Road in Epping and Windsor Road in Baulkham Hills.
The project has been funded, designed and built by the private sector. The RTA contributed $232.6 million to the cost mainly to acquire land for the M2 motorway.
For further information on the project, refer to the RMS website.
The Hills Motorway consortium (Abigroup, Obayashi Corporation, Scetauroute, Westpac, Macquarie Corporate Finance, Banque Paribas, Long Term Credit Bank of Japan and Gutteridge Haskins & Davey).
Contract value: $644 million (Estimated Capital Cost at the time of the contract award)
Contract duration: 26-Aug-1994 to 26-May-2042, which was extended under the M2 Upgrade arrangements to 26-May-2046 (since extended further to 30-Jun-2048 as part of M2 Integration Works)
Operation began: 26-May-1997 (7 months ahead of schedule)
Series of amending and/or additional contractual arrangements such as refinancing of the project’s debts, advertising on the motorway, the effect on tolls of the introduction of the GST, electronic tolling, the change in ownership of the trust established by the Hills Motorway Group, the acquisition of some Hills Motorway entities by Transurban, the conversion of westbound portion of the motorway between Lane Cove Road and Beecroft Road from two to three road lanes.
The Upgrade Project Deed took effect on 18-Nov-2010 according to which Hills Motorway designs, constructs, completes and commissions specified M2 upgrade works in four stages.. The upgrade was completed in August 2013. The private sector funded the works of the estimated capital cost of $546 million and received a future extension of the maximum concession term by four years upon the works completion.
The need for integration work on the M2 was identified to enable the safe merge of traffic from the proposed NorthConnex tunnel onto the M2 and to optimise motorway performance. Works include construction of an additional westbound lane on the M2 from Pennant Hills Road to Windsor Road. This would also involve lane widening at Yale Close, Barclay Road and Darling Mills Creek bridges.
The M2 integration work is expected to start late 2015 and be completed late 2017.
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