Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link

The NSW Government continues to progress planning for the proposed Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link.

Updates and announcements

Don’t forget to have your say on the proposed reference design

Community engagement on the proposed reference design for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link continues until Saturday 1 December 2018.

More than 2,600 people attended 20 community information sessions held since the proposed reference design was announced in July 2018.

Your feedback is important to us and it’s not too late to have your say. Make a comment on one of the interactive maps on this webpage or email the Project Team, whtbl@rms.nsw.gov.au.

All feedback received on or before Saturday 1 December 2018 will be recorded on the project database for consideration as the reference design is finalised.

Previous updates and announcements.

Less time in traffic, more time for you!

Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link is a major transport infrastructure proposal that will make it easier, faster and safer to get around Sydney.

The NSW Government has now released the proposed reference design for this landmark project.

We want to hear what you think about where we are up to. Roads and Maritime is now commencing community engagement on the reference design presented in this document.

We encourage you to provide us with your feedback to help us develop the best project we can.

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Have your say

Air quality monitoring

The NSW Government announced in February 2018 stronger measures on emissions from motorway tunnels.

Under these reforms, the ventilation outlets of all current and future operating motorway tunnels in NSW will be regulated by the NSW Environment Protection Authority. The EPA will require tunnel operators to meet air quality limits and undertake air quality monitoring, where practicable.

Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link is one of the first major transport infrastructure programs in NSW required to undergo additional checks before planning determination which includes the:

  • Advisory Committee on Tunnel Air Quality (ACTAQ) coordinating a scientific review of the project’s air emissions from ventilation outlets
  • NSW Chief Health Officer releasing a statement on the potential health impacts of emissions from tunnel ventilation outlets; and
  • Minister for Planning not approving a motorway tunnel project until the ACTAQ scientific review is considered.

Existing measures monitoring the air quality inside motorway tunnels remain in place.

Environmental planning

Once we have received community and stakeholder feedback on the proposed reference design, we will refine the design and prepare the Environmental Impact Statements (EISs).

The EISs will provide more detailed information on the project and assessment of potential impacts.

In December 2017, the Department of Planning and Environment (DP&E) issued the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the project. The SEARs establish the issues that must be addressed in the EIS.

There will be further community engagement during the EIS exhibition period, including further community sessions.

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