Sydney Orbital Network
The Sydney Orbital Network is a 110 kilometre [RTA Website [http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/usingroads/motorwaysandtolling/index.html Motorways and tolling] ]
motorwaystandard ring-road or orbital around the city of Sydney, the capital of New South Walesin Australia. Planning for this beltway, orbital or ring road began as early as 1962under the "county of cumberland scheme" (CCS) and well talked about as far back as 1944. Then from 1973to 1989things started to take shape with new sections opening-up and then further advancing by 1999. In 2007, the Lane Cove Tunnelopened, completing the orbital network. It runs north from Sydney Airport, underneath the CBD to the North Shore, west to the Hills District, south to Prestons and then east to connect with the airport. Much of the road is privately-owned and financed by tolls.
Motorways that make up the 110 kilometre orbital road
The Sydney orbital consist of several motorways and freeways, they are list below
Southern Cross Drive
General Holmes Drive
* M5 Motorway East
M5 South Western Motorway
M2 Hills Motorway
Lane Cove Tunnel
Gore Hill Freeway
Sydney Harbour Tunnel(or Sydney Harbour Bridgeand Cahill Expressway)
The Sydney Orbital Road Network consist of a number of roads built by private companies, tolling is unavoidable when using the road network.
Intercity highways are linked to the Orbital, moving traffic away from the old busy National Routes. They are:
*Pennant Hills Rd - linking
Sydney-Newcastle Freewayto M2 Motorway
*M4 Motorway - linking
Great Western Highwayto Westlink M7
*M5 Motorway - linking
Hume Highwayto General Holmes Drive
*King Georges Rd - linking M5 Motorway to
Princes Highway, Southern Freewayand Wollongong
Proposed or missing freeway/motorway links
*Link to the F3
Sydney-Newcastle Freeway– The final stage of a motorway standard Sydney Bypass, a tunnel under Pennant Hills Road is in the planning stages. [RTA Website - F3 to M2 link. [http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/constructionmaintenance/majorconstructionprojectssydney/f3tosydneyorbitallinkstudy.html F3 to Sydney Orbital link study SKM] ]
*Link to the F6
Southern Freeway– At present, there are no plans to complete this link as freeway standard. The only section which was built is the Captain Cook Bridge and its approaches. Land is still reserved north of this point through Sandringham, and south through the Royal National Park. This still leaves a considerable length of the corridor built out, which will require great expense to resume, or tunnel beneath.
Marrickville Tunnel– Proposal to link the orbital ring road at Port Botanywith the M4 Motorway, to remove commercial traffic from inner west surface roads.
*M4 East – Extension of the M4 Motorway to the
Anzac Bridge. This proposal has been reviewed and cancelled following stiff community opposition, which cited encouraging additional commuter traffic into the CBD, whilst removing little commercial traffic from the area.
* [http://sydneymotorways.com/ RTA Orbital Network Website]
Road infrastructure in Sydney
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