Western Sydney Airport Motorway

  (Redirected from Elizabeth Drive)

The Western Sydney Airport Motorway, also known as M12 Motorway, is a planned east-west motorway between the M7 Westlink Motorway and The Northern Road, as part of the Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan. The four-lane motorway is planned to be 14 km long and to be built at a cost of $1.75 billion (with both State and Federal funding). It is aimed at providing direct access from the M7 Westlink Motorway to the new Western Sydney Airport situated at Badgerys Creek.[2]

Western Sydney Airport Motorway

Elizabeth Drive - Luddenham.jpg
Current alignment of Elizabeth Drive at Badgerys Creek.
General information
TypeMotorway  (Proposed)
Length14 km (8.7 mi)
Opened2026 (expected)
Route number(s) M12[1]
Major junctions
East end
West end
Major suburbs / townsCecil Park, Cecil Hills, Mount Vernon, Kemps Creek, Badgerys Creek, Luddenham
Highway system

On 17 June 2014, as part of the State Budget, the NSW Government announced a $5.5 billion road package for Western Sydney. It includes $6 million for planning the Western Sydney Airport Motorway. The Budget is also the first time the name of the motorway was referred to.[3] However, in recent years, government media and press release simply refers it as M12 Motorway.

The project is currently in the planning stage, with major construction proposed to commence in 2022 and is expected to be completed prior to the Western Sydney Airport opening in 2026.[4][5] The motorway will have 4 lanes, with provision to be widened to 6 lanes. It will also be toll-free.[6]

Elizabeth DriveEdit

The existing road, Elizabeth Drive, is a two lane, single carriageway road linking the Hume Highway at Liverpool, with The Northern Road at Luddenham. It is one of several key thoroughfares in Western Sydney. The new motorway will run parallel to Elizabeth Drive.


  1. ^ "Badgerys Creek airport: Sydney's bold plan is taking wing". Daily Telegraph. 15 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  2. ^ "New Motorway – M7 to The Northern Road". Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Budget Paper 4 – Infrastructure Statement" (PDF). NSW Treasury. 17 June 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 June 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan". (Federal) Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development. Archived from the original on 10 October 2017. Retrieved 24 September 2019.
  5. ^ "M12 Motorway". Roads and Maritime Services. Archived from the original on 23 October 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  6. ^ "M12 Motorway - Community Update October 2019" (PDF). Roads and Maritime Services. NSW Government. October 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 October 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2019.

External LinksEdit

  Australian roads portal