Driver experience videos a prelude to NorthConnex opening

NorthConnex is expected to shave up to 15 minutes off the commute to Sydney for Central Coast motorists

Central Coast drivers can take a trip through the NorthConnex tunnels without leaving their own homes, following the release on October 13 of driver experience videos.

The innovative videos give drivers a birds-eye view of the congestion-busting benefits of using the NorthConnex tunnels, compared to Pennant Hills Rd. said Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch.

Crouch said the soon-to-be-finished, $3B NorthConnex will take up to 5,000 trucks off Pennant Hills Rd each day, slashing up to 15 minutes off travel times during peak periods.

NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, said drone and dash cam vision was used in the videos to simulate the journeys drivers can expect when NorthConnex opens.

“Whether you’re a Central Coast commuter, a family planning their next Hunter Valley holiday or a truck driver making a delivery to Blacktown, drivers will get behind-the-wheel views of the tunnels thanks to the eight new videos which you can now watch on the NorthConnex website.”

Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer, Howard Collins, said motorists would be able to take note of the new entry and exit points, where they will navigate new movements and how the motorway connects to the broader road network.

“NorthConnex is in the final stages of operational testing and software commissioning and expected to open in the coming weeks,” he said.

Transurban NSW Group Executive, Michele Huey, said NorthConnex would open with two lanes in each direction.

The project is jointly funded with the Australian Government committing $412.3M and the NSW Government $577.3M, with remaining costs met by the private sector.

Media release, Oct 13
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch