This transport project fails to provide any substantive improvements to cycling infrastructure on the lower North Shore and certainly does not contribute to the North Shore Cycleway Link, although it claims to do so.

Submissions to the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link are open until Saturday 1 December and we urge you to make a response by Saturday.

Comments are made to the project team:

  • Phone: 1800 931 189
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Mail: Customer feedback,
    Roads and Maritime Services
    Locked Bag 928, North Sydney NSW 2059

You can also respond by placing comments on their two maps (one for each road) on https://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-north/western-harbour-tunnel-beaches-link/index.html

Bike North’s submission to the proposed reference design for the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link

Bike North has made the following recommendations with respect to the proposed reference design for  project on the Lower North Shore and Harbour Tunnel. 

  1. The project seriously consider a public transport option to provide additional transport options to and from the northern beaches.
  2. Bike North be recognised as a stakeholder for this project, that the project team directly consult with us and that we be included on relevant stakeholder community consultation workshops.
  3. Proper cycling provisions, in line with NSW Government policy and as demonstrated with the Lane Cove Tunnel project, are made along the full length of the two road (transport) corridors. In particular this should include in our area:
    1. bridge from the Naremburn end of the existing cycleway (in the middle of the Warringah Freeway) to West Street to contribute to the North Shore Link Cycleway.
    2. Dedication of one lane capacity from the Pacific Highway between Milsons Point and Longueville Road for cycling. The section between Milsons Point and West Street will eliminate potential compromises in the design for the North Shore Link Cycleway.
    3. Dedication of one lane capacity from the Sydney Harbour Bridge to increase capacity for bike riding and provide a one-way cycleway to complement the existing bridge cycleway.
    4. dedication of capacity on Ernest street, east of Miller Street, to walking and cycling
  4.  Active transport improvement are proposed by the project team at Cammeray, Ernest Street and Ridge Street Bridge. They have some value, but they do not contribute to the North Shore Cycleway Link, and they mostly reinstate existing bike infrastructure connections, albeit potentially to higher standard. These proposals should be reviewed and expanded as detailed in Bike North’s submission so they more adequately contribute to our local area. This should include detailed consultation with Bike North as local experts with the knowledge of this area.
  5. Recommend that both Option A and Option B for the Flat Road dive site be rejected due to the heavy impact on this local community bushland, sporting facilities and use of the rich network of bicycle and walking routes connecting all the surrounding suburbs.

You can read Bike North's full submission HERE via 2018 - Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link