Monday, 27 November 2017

1970: The Origins of Shorelink

I was having a look at the proposed corridor for the proposed Shorelink tunnel and noticed that the route is virtually identical to that proposed by the NSW Government in 1970.

The only difference between the 1970 and 2017 is that the 1970 proposal was above ground whereas it will be tunnelled under this plan.

1970

Middle Harbour Bridge April 3 1970 daily telegraph 3 closeup

Source: Anon. 1970. "Bridge for Middle Harbour". The Daily Telegraph, April 3, 3.

2017

Spit Bridge tunnel map

Source: NSW Government (2017). [image] Available at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-07-18/spit-bridge-tunnel-map/8718496 [Accessed 20 Nov. 2017].

Below is the full article on the 1970 scheme as covered by The Daily Telegraph. This included a proposal for a double decker bridge over Middle Harbour. The estimated cost was $70 million ($781 million in today's money). Compare it with the estimated $3 billion to be spent with the 2017 scheme which is tunnelled. Estimated completion - 1980.


Source: Anon. 1970. "Bridge for Middle Harbour". The Daily Telegraph, April 3, 3.