We aim to make our roads safer and more efficient, to introduce state-of-the-art intelligent transport technology, and to regenerate our road corridors to improve the liveability of communities where we operate.
Our largest construction project, the $3 billion NorthConnex in New South Wales, exemplifies Transurban’s commitment to achieving industry leading sustainability performance.
NorthConnex was recently named by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) as Australia’s highest-rated road project to date.
It received the ‘Leading’ design rating, the highest grade in ISCA’s scheme and was a finalist for the 2016 Asset Achievement Award, in recognition of design outcomes including:
- 26% reduction of scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions
- 42% reduction in total water use over the life of the project
- 29% reduction in the life cycle impact of materials.
Group General Manager Project Delivery & Operational Excellence Tony Adams said Transurban aimed to achieve a minimum of an ‘Excellent’ infrastructure sustainability rating on major Australian development projects.
“We use the IS rating tool to obtain independent sustainability ratings. On NorthConnex we are working closely with our contractors Lend Lease Bouygues JV to deliver the project and achieve the highest practicable sustainability performance, which is reflected in our ‘Leading’ ISCA rating.”
Group General Manager Strategy Michele Huey said sustainability was at the core of Transurban’s approach to developing, operating and maintaining its road networks.
“Roads are a fundamental part of our cities’ transport networks. They also last a long time and require significant investment and resources.”
“We know the needs of our cities, communities, customers and government clients must be at the forefront in planning, designing, constructing and operating our roads.”
Three of Transurban’s projects in Australia are currently using the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia’s Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) rating scheme, with an additional two earmarked to use it in future.
NorthConnex will deliver twin nine kilometre tunnels linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills, bypass 21 sets of traffic lights and providing up to 15 minutes travel time saving for motorists.
The project is forecast to transport at least 30 per cent of the light vehicles and 50 per cent of the heavy vehicles currently using Pennant Hills Road, removing around 5000 trucks off Pennant Hills Road per day. Construction of NorthConnex is on time and on budget, with an expected opening in FY19.
ISCA is a member-based, not-for-profit industry council and the peak industry body for advancing sustainability in Australia’s infrastructure. The IS rating tool can be applied to a range of infrastructure including roads, airports, ports, railways, water supply, electricity networks and telecommunication networks.