About Sydney Gateway

What is Sydney Gateway?

The NSW Government’s vision for Sydney is one of an integrated road and public transport network that gives you the freedom to choose how and when you get around, no matter where you live and work.

One area of focus is completing the missing links in the Sydney motorway network to improve traffic flow. This high capacity network is vital for supporting the growth of our communities, places and economy. This will ensure people and goods can move around our city and beyond, safely and reliably.

Sydney Gateway is key to this vision and will greatly improve the way we travel to Sydney Airport and Port Botany. It will deliver new toll-free connections from the Sydney motorway network to the International and Domestic terminals.

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.

Why we need Sydney Gateway

Sydney Airport and Port Botany generate over $10 billion in economic activity and handle close to $100 billion freight each year. It is Sydney’s second largest employment precinct, after the central business district.

Key arterial Street including Qantas Drive, Airport Drive, Eastern Distributor and O’Riordan Street are operating at capacity in peak times. The NSW Government is continuing to invest in transport and infrastructure to address economic activity and unprecedented population growth.

Sydney Gateway will provide toll-free connections to Sydney Airport’s Domestic and International terminals and will be our gateway to the city for residents and visitors.

How your feedback has changed the design

Since the project was announced in September 2018 we have been engaging with you to help refine this design. Your feedback has delivered positive outcomes for businesses and communities, and includes:

Planning process and next steps

The NSW and Commonwealth governments have approved the construction of Sydney Gateway.

We welcome John Holland Seymour Whyte Joint Venture, who is our new delivery partner to design and build Sydney Gateway.

Now that John Holland Seymour Whyte Joint Venture is on board, the first step is to develop plans on how we will manage the impacts of construction while we build our project. Over the coming months we will prepare plans to manage issues like noise and vibration, air quality, contamination, and traffic and access.

Sydney Gateway timeline

  • Late 2018

    Project announcement and preliminary design consultation

  • Mid 2019

    Concept design consultation

  • Late 2019

    EIS and draft MDP consultation

  • late 2020

    Planning decision from State and Commonwealth

  • late 2020

    Contract award

  • End 2020

    Site set up and early works

  • 2021

    Construction starts


Thank you to everyone who made a submission on the combined Sydney Gateway Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and preliminary draft Major Development Plan (draft MDP). We received 92 submissions on the NSW planning process, and 93 submissions on the Commonwealth planning process. As part of the NSW process we have prepared a Submissions Report.

To read the response to submissions made to the EIS, please visit the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s website.