Hornsby MP Matt Kean has announced that work is progressing on the proposed F3-M2 with three consortia now shortlisted by the NSW Government and invited to tender for the eight kilometre project.
The NSW Government received an unsolicited proposal from private motorway operator Transurban and the Westlink M7 shareholders last year to build a link along the Pennant Hills Road corridor.
In June more than 30 infrastructure and construction experts attended an industry briefing with the NSW Government and Transurban on the proposal to build the F3-M2 link.
Mr Kean said the NSW Government is looking for innovation from the industry to build a tunnel for the future.
The shortlisted consortia who will be invited to tender for the design and construction are: Thiess John Holland Joint Venture, Lend Lease Bouygues Joint Venture and GlobaLink Joint Venture consisting of Ghella Pty Ltd and Acciona Infrastructure Australia Pty Ltd.
If approved the proposed link will be jointly funded by Transurban, Westlink M7 shareholders, the NSW Government and federal government.
“The project has a target price of $2.65 billion,” Mr Kean said.
“Initial investigations and studies have started for the environmental assessment of the proposed link with further work to continue until early 2014.”
The NSW Government and Transurban hope to have a conditional preferred tenderer selected by early 2014.
The F3-M2 link would provide a continuous motorway between western and south western Sydney and the Central Coast and Hunter.