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MEDIA STATEMENT: Beaches Link Tunnel officially parked. Warringah's transport left stranded

3 July 2023

Last week the NSW Minns Government formally recommended the Beaches Link Tunnel not proceed in response to its inquiry into its impact. The Perrottet Coalition Government itself first froze the project in 2022 so whilst disappointing, the latest decision is not surprising. Nevertheless, this decision raises serious concerns that Warringah Residents are being left stranded.

After many years of waiting for a commitment to fixing the Spit Bridge, the Beaches Link Tunnel, if done right, was to provide a pivotal solution to one of the most congested and overlooked traffic corridors in Sydney.

Warringah residents are getting short changed on transport infrastructure yet again. We need transport solutions that will ease congestion, improve public transport, and protect the environment.

This latest decision adds to the transport woes of Warringah and the wider Northern Beaches communities. Local state members were asleep at the wheel when public transport was privatised under the Perrottet government with commuters now experiencing repeated bus cancellations in addition to the cancellation of the Manly Ferries, a debacle now overturned as commissioned new vessels were not fit for purpose.  

The people of Warringah have waited a long time for improved transport infrastructure and deserve better. I will be pressing state and federal governments in relation to the transport needs of our communities.

Reliable and effective public transport and transport infrastructure is essential to our community and an integral component of decarbonising the transport sector.

You can read the report here:

NSW Government Response. Inquiry into the Impact of the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link

You can see my previous advocacy work on the Beaches Link Tunnel here:

Zali's work on the Beaches Link project