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Leighton team wins widening of Sydney’s M4 motorway

9 Dec 14 A joint venture of Rizzani De Eccher and Leighton has won the first contruction contract on the AU$11bn (£5.9bn) WestConnex project in Sydney, Australia.

The contract was announced my ministers from the New South Wales and Australian governments. “It brings together one of the best companies from overseas with one of Australia’s biggest road builders,” said federal assistant infrastructure minister Jamie Briggs.

Rizzani De Eccher Leighton joint venture will design and construct scheme to widen the motorway between Parramatta and Homebush from three lanes to four lanes each way. The scope also includes widening the Granville viaduct and existing bridges, as well as constructing new access ramps and one new bridge.Leighton Contractors’ share of the contract value is approximately AU$150m (£80m).

The contract to widen the 7.5km of the M4 motorway paves the way for major WestConnex works to get under way from early next year. The WestConnex motorway will upgrade the M4 and M5 and join them together in a continuous route to Sydney’s central business district, airport and port. The NSW government is providing AU$1.8bn-worth of funding for WestConnex and the Australian Government AU$1.5bn, in addition to concessional loan of up to AU$2bn to fast-track Stage 2 of WestConnex from Beverly Hills to St Peters.

Briggs added: “We are working closely with the NSW government to fast-track completion of WestConnex which will provide more than $20 billion in economic benefits to New South Wales and create 10,000 jobs.”

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