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.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance said 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.
“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,” Mr Constance said.
But some residents of the lower north shore say they are “devastated and disgusted” the $14 billion project is going ahead.
The Stop the Tunnels group, a coalition of local school P&Cs, environment groups and residents groups, said their long-held concerns had been brushed aside
“We’re devastated because this project is high impact and high risk,” group spokeswoman Larissa Penn said.
“The route of these tunnels goes through Sydney’s largest school zone … we estimate about 20,000 kids will experience really high-level construction impacts for over 10 years.
“Those construction impacts aren’t a passing inconvenience, they’re really significant.”