Driving in the wrong lane and reversing traffic: WestConnex M4 tunnel opens in Sydney but motorists struggle with confusing traffic conditions
- Sydney's newest motorway tunnel quickly caused confusion at the unveiling
- Tunnels between Homebush and Haberfield are open to the public early Saturday
- At least six vehicles were spotted and vice versa in the tunnels after taking the wrong exit
A few minutes was all it took for Sydney's newest motorway tunnel to cause confusion for stunned drivers.
The first major phase of Sydney & # 39; s WestConnex project was unveiled when twin M4 tunnels were opened to the public between Homebush and Haberfield in the early hours of Saturday morning.
But the new circumstances caused a headache for many of the first drivers to use the tunnels.
At least six vehicles, including a taxi, were observed stopping and reversing at the entrance to the Haberfield after taking the wrong turn or were unsure of which lane to take, according to ABC.
The opening of the WestConnex M4 tunnel caused confusion for many motorists
One vehicle was caught, reversing sideways to get back to the right lane, while another baffled driver stopped her car on a new lane and got out to ask nearby cameramen for directions.
The changes were still confusing drivers later that morning, but many gave the new tunnels a big thumbs up.
& # 39; I stayed all the way on the M4 from the Blue Mountains and it was just seamless & # 39 ;, Eric told ABC presenter Simon Marnie.
Another driver told Seven News that the tunnels had shaved 15 minutes of his journey.
Unaware of the changed circumstances, this driver was one of the many who had to leave the lane to avoid the new route
Many motorists who used the Westconnex M4 tunnels on Saturday put a thumbs up
The Transport Management Center has shared advice for those struggling to process the changes.
& # 39; If you find yourself in the wrong lane or at the wrong exit, don't panic, stick to the speed limit and drive safely through & # 39 ;, coordinator general Marg Prendergast told Seven news.
The WestConnex M4 tunnel will face rush hour for the first time on Monday, but will only feel the week after school holidays.
The twin tunnels are expected to travel up to 20 minutes from a trip from Parramatta to the Sydney CBD and bypass 22 traffic lights.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian (second left) officially opened the tunnels before they first opened to the public the following morning
& # 39; This is an important step to give people more time so that they spend less time in traffic and spend more time with family and friends, but also by doing things they love & # 39 ;, said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to reporters.
Drivers will be touched up to $ 7.89 per trip to avoid the free but logged in traffic route via Parramatta Road, depending on where they enter the M4.
The next phase of WestConnex – an extension of the M5 to St Peters – is expected to be opened next year.
Not all Sydneysiders have welcomed the first phase of Sydney & # 39; s WestConnex project
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