15 Oct Chronicle Counsel: Drone footage of NorthConnex
Commuting, it’s a way of life for many of us on the Coast. Now, Central Coast commuters can take a trip through the $3 billion NorthConnex tunnels from their mobile device thanks to a series of driver experience videos released today.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said the videos use drone and dashcam footage to simulate the actual journeys motorists can experience when NorthConnex opens in the coming weeks.
“The NorthConnex tunnels connecting the M1 in Wahroonga to the M2 are opening soon and we want to show Central Coast motorists how they can use the tunnels before they open to traffic,” Mr Crouch said.
“Thousands of Central Coast commuters are expected to use the M1-M2 ‘missing link’ on a daily basis, which will save up to 15 minutes in travel time and can bypass up to 21 sets of traffic lights on Pennant Hills Road, one of the most congested roads in NSW.
“NorthConnex is also the ‘missing link’ in the National Highway route, allowing motorists to drive from Newcastle to Melbourne without passing a single set of traffic lights for the first time.”
Member of the Legislative Council Taylor Martin said the real-life videos demonstrate how drivers can safely enter and exit the tunnels, merge points, lane configurations, as well as the various connections that NorthConnex will provide to existing roads.
“For motorists travelling to and from the Central Coast, the videos helpfully show how drivers can access NorthConnex from the northern entry on the M1 and the southern exits towards the M2, M7 and Pennant Hills Road,” Mr Martin said.
“This will allow Central Coast motorists to safely prepare for NorthConnex’s opening in the coming weeks and ensure that everyone has a safe journey on their first trip.”
NorthConnex is in the final stages of operational testing and software commissioning and is expected to open in the coming weeks.
For more information, go to www.northconnex.com.au.
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