New South Wales
Dear Planning NSW,
Thank you for taking the time to look at my concern in relation to the plans for Sydney's North Connex (M1 to M2 tunnel link) Project.
As you are no doubt familiar with this major piece of road infrastructure, I am sure you have seen the road and lane proposals. It seems glaringly obvious that the proposal falls agonisingly and fractionally short of its aims. With such a major and expensive piece of transport, can we please not play games and simply do it correctly from the start. Clearly, the builders want to recreate the situation as with the M2, where a few years down the track, with ownership close to being lost, that further works are carried out to make the road more viable and therefore extending the time in private control. Please please, let us not have a substandard road for this reason.
If you look at the plans for the road, you will easily see that there is NO DIRECT LINK for travellers to go from the new road heading South, to the city! (the needed tunnel would be one lane of about 200 metres only!) Likewise, travellers from the city are NOT ABLE to join the new road! Let me repeat the issue: there is NO direct link from the M2 East of the connection with this new tunnelled road.
All traffic from the city, using the M2, will need to exit the M2, wait at traffic lights (likely to back up into the M2) turn right at Pennant Hills Rd, then wait at the next set of lights to join the new tunnel northbound. Likewise, travellers heading South on the tunnel will need to exit onto Pennant Hills Rd, backing up traffic in the tunnel, to go to the next set of lights to then turn left onto the M2 - this connection could be made possible by the most simplest of joining tunnels. It is so obvious - glaringly obvious. This omission can not be a simple oversight.
Additionally, travellers on the Pacific Highway at Wahroonga are not able to join the new tunnel and would have to join at Pennant Hills Rd. The room is already available for an entrance onto the new tunnel southbound at the Pacific Highway/M1 junction.
The current proposal means that for example, travellers from the Central Coast can not go to the city or the airport directly. It means a nightmare situation for holiday makers on a Friday afternoon from the city to head North. It is ridiculously short sighted. Imagine the ease and the popularity of the road if a traffic light free run was available? I ask you, why? Why are these obvious connections not included - and if there is no suitable reason, will you ensure that these connections are included into the plan?
Thank you greatly for your time and I look forward to hearing your thoughts of the consideration.