Australia’s longest road tunnel to be built in the Blue Mountains

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The proposal confirms an 11km toll-free tunnel, from Blackheath to Little Hartly, and promises to reduce travel time by up to 30 minutes.

SYDNEY, May 17 (Xinhua) — The government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) has pledged to build what will be the country’s longest road tunnel to stretch through the Blue Mountains on the western edge of Sydney.

The proposal confirms an 11km toll-free tunnel, from Blackheath to Little Hartly, and promises to reduce travel time by up to 30 minutes.

“This is a historic legacy project that will provide safer and more efficient travel for locals, tourists and cargo travel between the Midwest and the East Coast,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the New York Region said on Sunday. South Wales, Paul Toole.

He said the tunnel would reduce congestion and improve security for premises, and allow easier access for cargo being delivered in the rural center of the state.

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The tunnel would traverse a series of mountains with two lanes in each direction, providing an alternative to existing steep and winding roads.

The Blue Mountains are home to Australia’s most visited national park. Before the pandemic, the park received approximately 4 million visitors per year, according to a report by the Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise.

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NSW Roads and Regional Transport Minister Sam Farraway said the Blue Mountains tunnel would help connect Sydney to western NSW while boosting tourism and city growth. population in the region.

“The straighter alignment will improve road safety through the mountains and the tunnel will help unlock the potential of western NSW, benefiting all residents and businesses in this important part of the state.”

Construction of the tunnel will begin early next year. The NSW Government is due to hold a series of information sessions for local residents in May and will then hold formal consultations with community stakeholders.

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