Transport for NSW will soon seek Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for a potential development partner to assist with procurement and delivery of the Western Harbour Tunnel project.
State government will lead the approach, which is hoped to maximise project benefits.
The road authority is also seeking EOI’s for the Warringah Freeway Upgrade, one of Sydney’s biggest roads.
Upgrades will provide seamless connections to the future Western Harbour Tunnel. It will also increase safety for motorists and provide more reliable and active transport links across four kilometres of the Warringah Freeway.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the search for a tunnel development partner would begin in coming days.
“The process is focused on achieving the best outcomes for NSW, similar to other complex road infrastructure projects such as the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade,” the spokesperson said.
“We’ll be seeking expressions of interest from industry to leverage private sector expertise such as innovative ideas and approaches to procurement and delivery.”
The Western Harbour Tunnel would create a western bypass of the CBD and will significantly transform how motorists move around Sydney.
“We’ve been working closely with local communities on this vital program, which will support around 7,500 full-time equivalent jobs and deliver faster and more reliable journeys under Sydney’s famous harbour,” the spokesperson said.
“The potential involvement of a development partner will focus on procurement and delivery structures and not the financing of the project. Project costs will only be finalised when construction contracts have been awarded.”
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