The long awaited NorthConnex is here!
15 December 2020

The long awaited NorthConnex is here!

On 31st October the NorthConnex Motorway in the north of Sydney, one of Australia’s longest and deepest road tunnels, opened following five years of work to which SYSTRA contributed during the Testing & Commissioning (T&C) phase.

​​​​The SYSTRA team in Australia supported the T&C phase of the motorway subsystems on behalf of the Lendlease Bouygues Joint Venture (LLBJV), which was responsible for designing and building the tunnel for the government of New South Wales (NSW).

SYSTRA’s work on Systems Engineering and Testing activities included the coordination of work on system defects. The team’s engagement was thus extended to work with Kapsch, a provider of intelligent transportation systems, in managing software testing and defects, a crucial aspect of our role.

Speaking about our work in this project, Ibrahim Fazah, Principal Consultant - Project & Program Management at SYSTRA Scott Lister said:

“We are proud to have been part of a mega project for Sydney that changes the way drivers travel across the city. Despite challenges due to the pandemic, work went ahead without interruption and we took the leadership in coordinating the workflow.”

NorthConnex will greatly improve freight access, connectivity and reliability across Greater Sydney and will take up to 5,000 trucks a day off the Pennant Hills Road, one of the most congested roads in NSW. Traffic will be more fluid, with the new infrastructure enabling around 20 sets of traffic lights to be avoided and 15 minutes of journey time to be saved on average.

Among the many features designed to enhance safety, the tunnel has two vehicle crossover points, specifically for emergency services in the event of an incident and will also be one of the first in Sydney to have average speed cameras for heavy vehicles.

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