STOP THE TUNNELS
Because it's all pain, no gain
In March 2017 the State Government released scoping documents which outlined plans for road tunnels to run from Balgowlah, through Middle Harbour, under Northbridge, Naremburn, Artarmon, Cammeray, Crows Nest, North Sydney and Waverton crossing the harbour and joining to the WestConnex toll tunnel projects at Rozelle. These proposed projects are called the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link and include a substantial reconfiguration, widening and work along the length of the Warringah Expressway. The projects are planned to take approximately 6 years to complete. Following limited consultation around the scope (particularly with highly impacted communities) reference design plans (called project updates) were released by the State Government in July 2018. A community consultation period ran (and was extended due to community outcry about lack of consultation in the most impacted areas) until 1st December 2018. Thousands of objections, letters and comments (over 7300) were made during the consultation period. Some of the responses can be found under our technical and community response section on this site. In January 2020 the EIS for the Western Harbour and Warringah Freeway sections of the project were released and 1455 detailed submissions were lodged with over 90% being objections.
This site was developed by concerned community members across the tunnelling routes to bring together information and provide the community with quick and easy ways to respond. Following extensive consultation with technical experts, RMS, The Premier and other relevant community members we believe that these plans represent a very high risk to our heavily impacted communities with very little return. We do not believe, based on the evidence, that this is an adequate solution for congestion and use of government funds. For example the estimated $14B cost will only result in a 15% reduction of traffic Military Rd (which planners say will return within 2 years). In looking at other global cities we believe that road toll tunnels are a retrospective and out of date planning mechanism. Modern cities are moving toward clean mass transport options which move the maximum number of people efficiently whilst minimising impact on the environment and climate. Expert opinion and submissions to government which have informed our stance can be found in the technical section and have helped us develop both an interactive impact map and the summary sections below for each section of our community.
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