What do you think of the Western Harbour Tunnel? North Sydney Council is calling for more voices to weigh in on the impacts the project will have on the local community.
The Western Harbour Tunnel’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released late last year, and now North Sydney Council is calling on the community to fully investigate the project, including highlighting three areas of concern for State Government.
Western Harbour Tunnel: What is the project?
The Western Harbour Tunnel is a major transport infrastructure project that State Government says will make it easier, faster and safer to get around Sydney. Because Sydney Harbour Bridge and Sydney Harbour Tunnel are the heart of Sydney’s road transport network, with both over capacity now, a single incident can have a major flow-on effect on travel times.
The Government says the Western Harbour Tunnel will change the way people move around Sydney and how people travel between the North Shore, the central business district (CBD) and Western and Southern Sydney, saying people will spend less time in traffic and have more time for themselves and their families.
The project includes:
- Western Harbour Tunnel – a tunnel from Rozelle interchange, under Sydney Harbour to the Warringah Freeway
- The Warringah Freeway Upgrade – streamlining Australia’s busiest road
The plans for the Western Harbour Tunnel include this community consultation
Western Harbour Tunnel includes over six kilometres of mainline tunnels as well as upgrading over nine kilometres of surface roads.
Largely underground, the Western Harbour Tunnel has been designed to have minimal impacts on communities and to minimise property needs, as below:
Western Harbour Tunnel: Have your say on these issues
Emissions from the tunnel will be funnelled through a 10 storey high unfiltered stack near ANZAC Park, 200m from a local school. The mass emission of nitrogen oxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulates is linked to respiratory and cardiovascular disease and the World Health Organisation has said there is no safe level of these particles.
Land the size of four soccer fields will be carved out of Cammeray. North Sydney parkland already has less open space per person than every other Northern Sydney Council and even the City of Sydney, Council says.
The entry to the tunnel will be from Berry Street which will become a one-directional four-lane road, effectively making it an extension of the Pacific Highway. Council say this mitigates the hard work they put into planning for new open space in the CBD – including projects like Miller Place. Council are also concerned the plans might result in main roads will being overloaded across seven major intersections.