Why call it the F6 Extension if it won't extend to the F6?

The F6 ends at Waterfall, but the "F6 Extension" will never reach it. Picture: Wayne Venables
The F6 ends at Waterfall, but the "F6 Extension" will never reach it. Picture: Wayne Venables

You would expect a road called the F6 extension might actually join up to the F6.

But it won’t. Despite continuing to talk about the “F6 Extension” the government’s long-range plans would see the extension fall around 10 kilometres short of the F6’s actual starting point at Waterfall.

Stage one of the project is a four-kilometre section from Arncliffe to Kogarah.

Stage two is the section between Kogarah and Taren Point, taking in the Captain Cook Bridge, while stage three would end at Loftus.

Neither of these two further stages have been approved.

Stage four, which would have seen the “F6 Extension” actually extend to the F6, has been scratched out by the government because it would require the road to go through the Royal National Park.

A spokeswoman for Roads Minister Melinda Pavey did not respond to a question about whether it was misleading to refer to the road as the F6 Extension if it was not planned to connect to that road.

“The name relates to the road corridor which was reserved in the early 1950s for a future connection south to Loftus,” the spokeswoman said.

She said stage one of the project would  remove more than 2000 trucks a day from surface roads.

“The NSW Government is committed to improving travel times and easing congestion for motorists travelling between the Illawarra and the Sydney CBD and progressing the F6 Extension to Loftus is an important part of the long-term transport solution,” the spokeswoman said. 

In state parliament this week, Labor MP for Rockdale Stephen Kamper suggested the government was “lying” to people in the south of Sydney by referring to the project as the F6 Extension.

“Whenever I speak to people they say, ‘Oh, they're building the F6’, but this government is building a road from Kogarah to Arncliffe,” Mr Kamper said.

“It is not an F6; it is a SouthConnex, and is recognised as such in the budget papers.”

The 2018-19 budget papers do in fact refer to it as the F6 Extension.