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

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Proposed Reference Design for Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link.

The period for feedback extended from Thursday 26 July 2018 and closed on Saturday 1 December 2018.

All feedback received after Saturday 1 December will continue to be recorded in the project database as the Project Team prepares for the Environmental Impact Statements.

We welcome further comments at any time. If you would like to receive project updates email whtbl@rms.nsw.gov.au and request to be added to our email database.

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 released the proposed reference design for this landmark project.

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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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