Planning approval for Western Harbour Tunnel
22 January, 2021
The Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade has received planning approval from the NSW Government, in a major step towards delivering the third road crossing of Sydney Harbour.
The mega-project includes a 6.5 kilometre tunnel, with three lanes in each direction, which will help slash travel times from North Sydney to Sydney Olympic Park by up to 20 minutes.
A city-shaping piece of infrastructure, the Western Harbour Tunnel will take pressure off the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Harbour Tunnel, Anzac Bridge and Western Distributor corridors to revolutionise transport capacity in and around our city.
The new tunnel will start at the new Rozelle Interchange and head under the Harbour to the Warringah Freeway, and will integrate new and existing public transport connections.
With planning approval now in place, the NSW Government can get on with delivering the first stage, upgrading four kilometres of the Warringah Freeway - one of Sydney’s busiest and most complex road corridors.
Following the procurement process and contract awards, construction is expected to start in the first quarter of 2021.
The community is also invited to have a say on the Beaches Link Environmental Impact Statement which is on public exhibition until 1 March 2021.
For more information and to see the interactive portal, visit: nswroads.work/whtbl
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