Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel tolling upgrade

The NSW Government is upgrading the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel tolling infrastructure to ensure the ongoing reliability and future capacity of the tolling system.

Artist's impression of the new High Street tolling gantry.
Artist's impression of the new High Street tolling gantry.

Project overview

The NSW Government is upgrading the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel tolling infrastructure to ensure the ongoing reliability and future capacity of the tolling system.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel are critical parts of Sydney’s road network. About 160,000 vehicles use them each week day and they carry about one third of all traffic that enters and leaves the city in peak periods.

Work started on 7 June and is due to be completed by the end of December 2016, weather permitting.

The upgrade involves the installation of tolling gantries in these locations over the:

  • Toll point 1 –southbound lanes of the Warringah Freeway, north of Mount Street
  • Toll point 2 –Eastern Sydney Harbour Bridge on-ramp from Mount Street
  • Toll point 3 –Western Sydney Harbour Bridge on-ramp from Mount Street
  • Toll point 4 –Sydney Harbour Bridge on-ramp from High Street.

Project benefits

  • New technology means the gantries will not need to have any lighting installed, eliminating light shining from the gantries at night
  • The number of gantries required can be reduced as several tolling points can be mounted on the same gantry
  • The technology can be maintained without impacting the road network
  • The new technology will provide a similar multi-lane free flow tolling capability used on other Sydney toll roads, which does not impact the flow of traffic.

Community engagement

We sought your feedback on four new tolling gantries in North Sydney in April 2016. Roads and Maritime also prepared a Review of Environmental Impacts and have determined the proposal should proceed.

Background

The proposal has been further developed since the original proposal in 2012 due to changes in Roads and Maritime tolling standards, advances in technology, and changes to the tolling infrastructure used across Sydney. The changes include the locations of the gantries, type and size of gantry and the type of technology.

Existing toll plaza precincts

Roads and Maritime has separately assessed removing the northern and southern toll booths and realigning the lanes through these areas. This work will be carried out once the proposed tolling equipment is installed and operation, but is not part of this project.

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