Ahead of the majority of schools going back next Tuesday, Transport for NSW will dedicate extra resources and ramp up driver safety messaging around the New M4 Tunnels.
Motorists are encouraged to pay attention to messaging at tunnel entry and exit points at City West Link at Haberfield and Parramatta Road at Ashfield to ensure a safe journey for all road users.
With the New M4 Tunnels now open for a week, motorists took the quieter school holiday period to get used to the new configuration and experience the congestion-busting infrastructure project but many new users are expected at the beginning of the school term.
Transport for NSW Coordinator General Marg Prendergast said motorists using the tunnels for the first time should look out for signs and lane markings and go slow when entering and exiting the tunnels.
“If you’re heading westbound on Parramatta Road at Ashfield, remember to use the left lane for Parramatta Road and the right lane for the New M4 Tunnels,” Ms Prendergast said.
“In particular, we want people to pay attention to the multiple road signs and lane markings ahead of tunnel entry and exit points - they are there to guide you.”
Drivers are strongly urged to remain calm if they miss their exit and not take risks which could endanger themselves and other motorists.
“If you find yourself in the wrong lane, don’t panic and please don’t stop or reverse - just keep going until you find the nearest side street to turn around or pull over safely and re-plan your trip,” Ms Prendergast said.
With school holidays ending on Tuesday, Transport for NSW is asking all motorists to be mindful of the extra traffic that will be on the M4 and surrounding roads.
The WestConnex website has a number of resources to help motorists plan their journey including videos for everyone to become more familiar with the tunnels, and a number of maps and animations.
The New M4 Tunnels are the first of four tunnel pieces in the WestConnex puzzle, a game changing project that will help bust Sydney’s congestion and cut travel times.
The $3.8 billion 5.5 kilometre twin tunnels comprise three lanes in each direction and extend the widened M4 from Homebush to Haberfield.
The WestConnex project also includes the New M5, the M4-M5 Link and the Rozelle Interchange, connecting Sydney’s west and southwest via more than 30km of continuous motorway.
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