The New South Wales Government will soon seek expressions of interest (EOIs) for a Development Partner for the Western Harbour Tunnel project.

A Transport for New South Wales spokesperson said the approach will be led by the State Government and kick off in the coming days.

“The process is focused on achieving the best outcomes for New South Wales, similar to other complex road infrastructure projects such as the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway Upgrade,” the spokesperson said.

“We’ll be seeking expressions of interest from industry to leverage private sector expertise such as innovative ideas and approaches to procurement and delivery.

“By creating a western bypass of Sydney CBD, the Western Harbour Tunnel is a nationally significant project to transform the way motorists move around our city.”

The spokesperson said after engagement with industry the New South Wales Government decided on a state-led procurement and delivery process.

“We’ve been working closely with local communities on this vital program, which will support around 7,500 full-time equivalent jobs and deliver faster and more reliable journeys under Sydney’s famous harbour,” the spokesperson said.

“It’s also important we keep stakeholders and industry informed on what will become a major social and economic driver that helps to reboot the State’s economy.

“The potential involvement of a development partner will focus on procurement and delivery structures and not the financing of the project. Project costs will only be finalised when construction contracts have been awarded.”

Separately, Transport for NSW is seeking EOIs for the Warringah Freeway Upgrade, one of Sydney’s busiest roads.

The upgrade will increase safety for motorists, make public transport more reliable and deliver better active transport links along four kilometres of the Warringah Freeway, and provide seamless connections to the future Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link.

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