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Northern Beaches tunnel buried; property acquisitions cease

The Northern Beaches Tunnel is all but dead and buried with property acquisitions ceasing and the project marked “not approved” by the NSW Government.

While reported to stakeholders as being placed “on hold” the NSW Government issued confirmation this week that “in line with its commitments” the project was not progressing and property acquisitions no longer underway.

Manly Observer understand more than 20 of the 35 property acquisitions had already occurred.

While a detailed Environmental Impact Statement has been completed for the Beaches Link project, the NSW Government has not granted planning approval for the project,” a letter to stakeholders reads.

The broken orange lines show where the Beaches Link tunnel will be, the unbroken orange will be the roads leading in and out of the tunnel.
The broken orange lines show where the Beaches Link tunnel was going to be, the unbroken orange will were the roads leading in and out of the tunnel.

“This decision means the planning approval process will not proceed at this time.”

Work will continue on the Western Harbour Tunnel and Warringah Freeway Upgrade, including enabling works on the freeway.

“Transport will also carry out a road network review, to assess what, if any network improvements may be required to ensure a safe, efficient and reliable road network for motorists.”

Diggers at the Rozelle Interchange. The Western Harbour Tunnel, due for completion in 2026, will still go ahead.. Photo: Alec Smart

The Beaches Link, also known as the Northern Beaches Tunnel, was scheduled to start in 2023 and be completed by 2028 according to the timelines provided in the Environmental Impact Statement, pending planning approval. It had been designed to have two portals (entries/exits) – one in Balgowlah and one in Seaforth – taking vehicles through 7kms of tunnels under Middle Harbour and the lower North Shore, connecting with the Warringah Freeway in Cammeray.

You can read our previous coverage on the project here:

Straight answers hard to come by in Northern Beaches Tunnel future

Beaches Link Tunnel inquiry

A look at community concerns with Beaches Link Tunnel impact

Want to know more?

Government statement here.

If you would like more information on the status of the project you can contact the project team on 1800 931 189 or via whtbl@transport.nsw.gov.au

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