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18 Jun 2020
Industry on journey towards Western Harbour Tunnel

The latest key industry event into the Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade has wrapped up, highlighting the potential for thousands of jobs to be created and travel times slashed for motorists.

The city-shaping program of works forms part of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link program.

Teams have been working closely with local communities on the vital program, which will support around 15,000 full-time equivalent jobs and deliver faster and more reliable journeys under Sydney’s famous harbor.

Stakeholders and industry will be kept informed on what will become a major social and economic driver that helps to re-boot the State’s economy.

The third road crossing of Sydney Harbour is a nationally significant piece of infrastructure that tackles congestion on our busiest and most complex corridors.

The western bypass of the CBD will provide new levels of access to jobs, recreation and services such as schools and hospitals.

The Warringah Freeway upgrade will also increase safety for motorists, make public transport more reliable and deliver new and upgraded active transport links.

Motorists would experience travel time savings of up to 20 minutes between Leichhardt and North Sydney, 20 minutes between Sydney Olympic Park and North Sydney, and 15 minutes between North Sydney and the airport.”

Access will also improve for cyclists and pedestrians as part of the program along with enhanced public open spaces.

The planning process will be staged, in line with other infrastructure projects of this scale, such as Sydney Metro.

The community will be kept updated as the project progresses.

 

 

PROJECT FACTS AND BENEFITS

The Western Harbour Tunnel is a game-changer for NSW and will reduce pressure on key corridors such as the ANZAC Bridge, Western Distributor, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel.

Connecting WestConnex at Rozelle with the existing Warringah Freeway at North Sydney by 6.5 kilometre twin tunnels with three lanes in each direction, crossing under Sydney Harbour between Birchgrove and Waverton.

Travel time savings including up to 20 minutes between Leichhardt and North Sydney, 20 minutes between Sydney Olympic Park and North Sydney, and 15 minutes between North Sydney and the airport.

Around 4.3 million passenger trips are made across Sydney Harbour each week, making the Warringah Freeway one of the busiest and most complex roads in the country.

The upgrade of around four kilometres of the Warringah Freeway between the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Willoughby Road will provide a more seamless journey, with fewer merges, improved safety and more reliable journeys.

The Warringah Freeway Upgrade will also provide a continuous dedicated bus lane and connections to the new tunnels.

For more information visit the interactive portal at nswroads.work/whtportal