Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link

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Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link
New South Wales
General information
Type Motorway  (Proposed)
Length 21 km (13 mi)
Opened 2026 (expected)
Major junctions
North end
South end
Location(s)
Major suburbs / towns Balgowlah, Seaforth, Northbridge, Willoughby, Narenburn, North Sydney, Waverton, Birchgrove, Balmain & Rozelle
Highway system

The Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link is a planned north-south motorway along the current alignment of Wakehurst Parkway between Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest and the WestConnex motorway in Sydney.[1] The four-lane motorway is planned to be 14 km long and to be built (with both State and Federal funding).[2] It is intended to provide direct access from the Northern Beaches to the Inner West at Rozelle.

Purpose[edit]

The Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link is aimed at reducing the level of traffic congestion in the greater Sydney area. The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel corridor currently carry 80 percent of all vehicles crossing Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River, greatly increasing traffic congestion.[2] The Government of New South Wales has pledged $77 million in funding to evaluate the design and construction feasibility of the project. The design phase began in early April 2017[2] and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.[3]

Cost[edit]

The forecast cost is $14bn.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NSW. "Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link". Roads and Maritime Services. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  2. ^ a b c "Project - Infrastructure Pipeline". Infrastructure Pipeline. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  3. ^ "Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link" (PDF). Roads and Maritime Services. November 2017. Retrieved 25 December 2017. 
  4. ^ "The toll tunnel to Sydney's northern beaches is set to cost $1 billion per kilometre".