Sydney Gateway

By 2056, more than 12 million residents will call NSW home, with Sydney to grow similar in size to that of other great global cities like London and New York.

To prepare for this growth, we must invest in world-class infrastructure that will reduce congestion and make Sydney more liveable.

Sydney Gateway is part of the NSW Government’s vision to complete the missing links in the motorway network, improve traffic flow and reduce travel times.

Sydney Gateway is a new, above ground, toll-free connection from St Peters Interchange to the International and Domestic terminals, and beyond.

Sydney Gateway will strengthen Sydney’s position as a global city, by expanding and improving the existing road and freight rail networks. Importantly, Sydney Gateway will provide a new route for around 10,000 trucks a day. This will divert trucks from local streets in Mascot by providing an alternative route, reduce travel times and congestion, and return local streets to the community.

The planning process

Sydney Gateway is unlike most other major road projects in NSW as it passes through both Sydney Airport land, owned by the Commonwealth, and State land under the jurisdiction of the NSW Government.

Sydney Gateway therefore requires approval of both the Commonwealth and NSW Governments and is subject to two planning processes, including:

  1. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW)
  2. A Major Development Plan (MDP) prepared under the Airports Act 1996 (Cth.) A combined EIS/MDP was on public exhibition between November 2019 and February 2020.

Project approvals

The NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces approved Sydney Gateway road project on 27 August 2020. Details of this approval are available on the Department of Planning’s website.

The Commonwealth Government approved the MDP for Sydney Gateway road project on 23 September 2020.

Due to the MDP for Sydney Gateway road project being combined with the EIS to satisfy the dual State and Federal planning approval requirements, the MDP consists of the following documents:

  • Volumes 1 and 2 - Introduction, background, description and environmental assessment
  • Volumes 3 to 9 - Technical Working Papers
  • Volume 10 – Project refinements and clarifications since exhibition of the preliminary draft Major Development Plan

The MDP can be downloaded here.