Project

Beaches Link

PROJECT STATUS
Announced
Beaches Link

The Beaches Link is a proposed tunnel linking the Northern Beaches to the Warringah Freeway in North Sydney.

The future Western Harbour Tunnel will also connect with the Warringah Freeway, allowing motorists to travel on a single roadway from the Northern Beaches, through the Western Harbour Tunnel and into the WestConnex roadways system.

Detailed Designs in the Project Update indicate Beaches Link will include over 11 kilometres of tunnels as well as around five kilometres of surface road upgrades. The main tunnel between Cammeray, connecting to the Western Harbour Tunnel, and Balgowlah will be three lanes each way, with connections to Wakehurst Parkway and Gore Hill Freeway two lanes each way. The preferred method for constructing the tunnels involves using multiple road header machines, with the section under Middle Harbour to use immersed tube tunnels.

Three kilometres of Wakehurst Parkway to the Northern Beaches Hospital will be upgraded along with further surface works to integrate the tunnels with the existing road network.

Key Dates

2023 Expected Construction Commencement
2027 Expected Construction Completion

Funding contributions

Many of the government funding allocations through project planning and development covered both the Beaches Link and Western Harbour Tunnel. Project-specific funding information will be updated when provided publicly by the NSW Government or when contracts are awarded.

Procurement

Procuring Agency: Transport for NSW
Related contracts:
Geotechnical Investigations
Successful Tenderer - Coffey and AECOM

PROJECT HISTORY

Mar 2017 The NSW Government announced the northern route as the preferred corridor.
Apr 2017 Coffey and AECOM engaged to conduct geotechnical investigations.
Nov 2017 A State Significant Infrastructure Application (SSIA) was lodged to identify topics for a future EIS.
Dec 2017 Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements issued for preparation of the EIS.
Jul 2018 The NSW Government announced that the Beaches Link Tunnel would be tolled.
Nov 2019 The NSW Government announced the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the project is to be available for public exhibition from mid-2020.
Apr 2020 The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment issued the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) for the project. Public exhibition of the EIS closed on 30 March 2020.
Dec 2020 The NSW Government released the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), remaining on public exhibition until March 2021.
Sector
Road
Procurement approach
Possible PPP | Unconfirmed |
Location
New South Wales |
Infrastructure Australia status
Priority Initiative (medium-term, 5-10 years)
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