Planning on NSW‘s Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade is progressing, with an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) set to be released in January 2020.
Transport and Roads Minister Andrew Constance said 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 Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Program is an important part of the NSW Government’s vision to create an integrated transport network, and listening to the community will help inform the final outcome,” Mr. Constance said.
“This program will help to ease pressure on the road network and commuters, with a direct connection to WestConnex it will also bust congestion on the Anzac Bridge, Western Distributor and Sydney Harbour Bridge corridor.”
According to Mr. Constance, the program will deliver time savings for drivers and public transport customers.
“Commuters travelling from Leichhardt to North Sydney will save 20 minutes off their trip. It’ll also save 15 minutes for anyone travelling from North Sydney to the Airport, and up to 25 minutes off a trip between Parramatta and Manly,” Mr. Constance said.
“Bus customers will also experience time-savings with a continuous southbound bus lane on the Warringah Freeway from Miller Street to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, plus new direct connections to the Victoria Cross Metro station at North Sydney.”
The planning process for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link Program will be staged, in line with other infrastructure projects of this scale such as Sydney Metro.