Tunnel safety

Sydney tunnels are designed and built with modern innovative safety features delivering improved public safety. When using Sydney’s tunnel network, remember to follow the safety information on this page.

Major tunnel safety features

Sydney’s major tunnel safety features include:

  • Emergency broadcasts through your vehicle’s radio and/or a public address system
  • Electronic message boards to deliver important safety messages
  • Identified emergency exits
  • Flashing lights to guide you to emergency exits
  • Emergency phones to connect you with the tunnel control room
  • Fire extinguishers and emergency phones located at least every 60 metres
  • Deluge water sprays or sprinklers for use in a fire
  • Emergency barriers at tunnel entry points to stop vehicles driving into a hazardous situation
  • 24 hour monitoring via Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and incident response teams on stand-by.

If your vehicle breaks down or you crash in a tunnel

  • If possible drive out of the tunnel. If not, pull over to a breakdown bay or the side of the lane
  • Stay in your vehicle unless otherwise advised
  • Switch on your hazard lights
  • Wait for help to arrive
  • You will be monitored by cameras and assistance will be sent to tow your vehicle
  • If you need to call for help, it is preferred you use the emergency phones as they will automatically identify your precise location within the tunnel. The tunnel control room will contact emergency services if necessary
  • If you suspect your vehicle is malfunctioning do not enter the tunnel.

If your vehicle catches fire in a tunnel

  • If possible drive out of the tunnel. If not, stop your vehicle, preferably in a breakdown bay, or pull over to the side of the lane and turn off the engine
  • Locate the nearest available fire extinguisher and try to put the fire out.

If you cannot extinguish the fire

  • Use an emergency phone located on the wall of the tunnel to contact the tunnel control room
  • Follow instructions given to you or if in doubt leave via the nearest available emergency exit or tunnel exit
  • If you need assistance, put your hazard lights on and ask for assistance from others
  • Note: A water deluge system may operate in the event of a fire and you may get wet.

If you see smoke coming from a tunnel or you are warned of a fire in a tunnel, do not enter:

  • Stop outside the tunnel
  • Wait for instructions from tunnel personnel, emergency services or Roads and Maritime Services.

If you see a fire or smoke in a tunnel:

  • Turn on your radio
  • Follow any instructions provided via the radio, electronic message boards, tunnel personnel, emergency services or Roads and Maritime.

Evacuation

If you are instructed to evacuate:

  • Stop vehicle and turn engine off
  • Move away from any smoke or fire and leave via the nearest available emergency exit or tunnel exit
  • If instructed to evacuate the tunnel and you need assistance, put your hazard lights on and ask for assistance from others
  • Do not stay in your vehicle once instructed to evacuate.
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