Light at the end of the tun­nel

Monthly Chronicle - - News -

By­pass­ing 21 sets of traf­fic lights and the ex­haust­ing, dan­ger­ous and filthy grind that is Pen­nant Hills Road came a step closer for thou­sands of driv­ers, with the news that the $3bn NorthCon­nex tun­nel is now half way built.

The twin tun­nels reached half­way point last week, cel­e­brated with yet an­other photo call with scores of min­is­ters and the Premier, all in high viz jack­ets and boots.

But the state gov­ern­ment re­mains adamant that fil­ter­ing the 30m stack set to re­lease toxic fumes into the air at the end of Burns Road in Wahroonga, won’t need fil­ter­ing.

NSW Premier Gla­dys Bere­jik­lian, Min­is­ter for Ur­ban In­fra­struc­ture Paul Fletcher, Min­is­ter for Trans­port An­drew Con­stance, Hornsby state MP Matt Kean and fed­eral Mem­ber for Berowra Julian Leeser marked the project mile­stone which will change trans­port in North­West Syd­ney for a gen­er­a­tion.

“Once com­plete, mo­torists will be able to travel from New­cas­tle to Mel­bourne with­out stop­ping at a sin­gle set of lights,” said Ms Bere­jik­lian.

“And NorthCon­nex will save up to 15 min­utes of travel time com­pared to us­ing Pen­nant Hills Road.”

Hornsby MP Mr Kean said there are 20 road­head­ers work­ing 24/7 to de­liver this vi­tal in­fra­struc­ture, part of the

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