Exciting announcement for upper Blue Mountains today with Minister Paul Toole and myself at Blackheath with the government backing a tunnel as the best option for Great Western Highway upgrade at Blackheath.

We’re now asking for the community’s feedback on two tunnel options under Blackheath – options that will ensure minimal impacts to property, improve safety and congestion through the village and provide an alternative route for emergency services.

The tunnel includes three possible portals:

 A northern portal next to the Mount Boyce Heavy Vehicle Safety Station;

 A short southern tunnel portal option located in Sutton Park; and

 A long southern tunnel portal option south of Evans Lookout Road.

The Centennial Pass and Station Street bypass options had been removed from consideration.

We told the Blackheath community we would provide certainty on route options for the Great Western Highway upgrade and we are providing that certainty.

We also want to hear from the community about other suggestions for improvements that could be made to the existing highway to improve safety and connectivity in Blackheath.

Tunnel options for Blackheath are still in the very early stages of strategic design as part of the $2.5 billion Great Western Highway upgrade and Transport for NSW will continue to seek community input as designs progress.

A virtual consultation room has been set up here.

For more information visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/great-western-highway