Last Friday, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services and the Member for Baulkham Hills the Hon. David Elliot visited NorthConnex to highlight the safety features in the tunnels.

This was an opportunity to demonstrate some of the safety features, including the water deluge system.

Joining the Minister were NSW Police Local Area Commanders, senior Highway Patrol and the Assistant Commissioner for FRNSW.

Teams from NSW Police, Fire and Rescue NSW, and NSW Ambulance have been completing emergency and incident response training and tours of the tunnels.

Police and emergency services often assist our incident response teams and these tours ensure everyone is familiar with the layout of the tunnels and surrounding areas, as well as all the safety equipment.

The risk of a crash driving through NorthConnex is predicted to be five times lower than on Pennant Hills Road.

NorthConnex will also be one of the first motorways in Sydney to have average speed cameras in its tunnels for heavy vehicles.

NorthConnex safety features

  • NorthConnex has its own suite of vehicles available to assist drivers including Tow Trucks, Attenuator truck, utility and patrol trucks. 
  • 850 cameras provide 100% CCTV coverage: including 750 in-tunnel, 20 in the Motorway Control Centre, 71 on approaching roads plus stopped vehicle detection cameras to alert of potential incidents
  • The tunnels feature two vehicle cross over points, specifically for emergency services in the event of an incident
  • Emergency cabinets housing fire hose reels, hydrants and an extinguisher and phones located every 60 metres in the tunnels.
  • Water deluge systems throughout the tunnels can be activated in the event of an incident/fire. Heat detectors trigger the system, which will flow at thousands of litres per minute
  • Vehicle sensors and barriers at the tunnel entries stop overheight and prohibited vehicles from entering the tunnel
  • Digital radio break-in communication systems enables the operations team to directly communicate with motorists in their cars to provide advice