Council has received a notification from RMS regarding Geotech testing for the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel. These notifications will cover multiple sites and will be notified to the community as they are received.
The NSW Government is currently holding a series of information sessions and is calling for feedback on this proposal via an interactive online mapping tool. See below for details.
On 16 March 2017, the NSW Government announced a preferred route, the start of geological drilling, notifications of property owners and the commencement of a consultation process for the delivery of two proposed motorway tunnels:
Beaches Link tunnel will connect to the Warringah Freeway, cross under Middle Harbour connecting with the Burnt Bridge Creek Deviation at Balgowlah.
The Wakehurst Parkway will be upgraded to two lanes each way between Seaforth and French's Forest.
The Western Harbour Tunnel will connect to WestConnex at the Rozelle Interchange, cross underneath Sydney Harbour between the Birchgrove and Waverton areas and connect with the Warringah Freeway at North Sydney
Preliminary plans indicate there will be a surface interchange in the vicinity of the Warringah Freeway and Falcon Street/Military Road. Details of the interchange have not yet been released.
The proposal was identified in the NSW Government’s 2012 Long Term Transport Master Plan and other major planning documents as a priority infrastructure project for Sydney.
Investigative works will commence in May 2017, with up to 235 borehole sites to be tested along the preferred route. Further field work over the coming months will include traffic analysis, noise and air quality monitoring, and flora, fauna and marine ecology studies. These investigations will feed into engineering design, final costings for the project and further route analysis.
This stage is expected to be completed in mid-2018. This will include developing a reference design; confirmed final project costings; funding strategy including tolling options and private sector involvement; and construction timeline including start and completion dates.
At its meeting of 1 May 2017, Council resolved to write to the Premier; the Minister for Transport; the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight; the Member for North Shore; the Greater Sydney Commission and Infrastructure Australia expressing its concerns regarding the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link projects, and recommend that work on both projects be suspended until the Greater Sydney Commission, in collaboration with Transport for NSW, undertake a robust options assessment that considers all possible solutions to the transport problems afflicting the Northern Beaches and the flow on effects on the Lower North Shore.
That the letter include a submission that the Government undertake a formal options assessment to address a holistic transport plan for the capacity issues from the Northern Beaches through to the Harbour Bridge.
North Sydney Council's Letter to the Premier and Ministers re B-Line Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link (89KB)
Council at its meeting of 22 May 2017 resolved (Min. No. 142) in relation to the State Government’s Western Harbour Tunnel project:
- THAT Council seek a meeting with the Premier to reinforce Council’s view that a holistic transport plan be developed for northern Sydney.
- THAT Council ask the Premier to release detailed plans of the proposal, including details of which properties are to be acquired and what, if any, parks or other open space will be affected by the proposal.
- THAT Council ask the Premier to halt the project until meaningful community consultation about the whole project is undertaken and before any expressions of interest or tenders are let or contracts signed.
- THAT Council coordinate a community campaign and prepare a submission to the State Government supported by any additional expert reports on traffic, planning, impacts of pollution and air quality, noise and community attitudes collated via community engagement including focus groups in respect of the proposed tunnel in the context of the proposed B-Line and transport infrastructure and traffic flows in the North Sydney LGA.
- THAT Council allocate funds to the campaign.
- THAT any interested Councillor be permitted to observe any focus groups held.
- THAT the community engagement portion of the submission be completed and reported to the July Council meeting.
- THAT Council’s website include a reference to this project on the front page and that Council establish an email subscription facility to inform and update interested community members and all Precinct Committees.
- THAT Council refer this resolution to Mosman Council and invite Mosman Council to work with Council in relation to all of the matters outlined above.
- THAT this resolution be referred to Lane Cove and Willoughby Councils.
Council further resolved at of 22 May 2017 (Min. No. 143):
21. THAT Council specifically include the B-Line as part of its community campaign in respect of the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel.
For information about the community campaign will be provided soon.
Have your Say
The NSW Government is holding a series of community feedback sessions including:
McMahons Point Community Centre - 4 May, 2.3pm to 6pm and 6 May, 10am to 2pm
The Chatswood Club (11 Help St, Chatswood) - 11 May, 2pm to 6pm and 13 May, 10am to 2pm
Northbridge Bowling Club (Warners Park) - 1 June, 2pm to 6pm and 3 June, 10am to 2pm
North Sydney Oval Function Centre (2 Figtree Lane, North Sydney) - 13 and 15 June, 2pm to 6pm
The NSW Government is also currently inviting feedback via their Community Consultation Map, an interactive online tool where you can place comments directly onto an interactive map and can see what others have to say about this project.
For more information visit the Roads and Maritime Services website
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