Iemma’s poll plea: don’t open tunnel
`The state Government has asked the Lane Cove Tunnel’s operators to consider not opening it until after the March election, fearing a repeat of the Cross City Tunnel outrage when surrounding surface roads are narrowed.
The company now wants to open the new tunnel in December – five months ahead of schedule – but this raises the prospect of road closures during the state election campaign in February and March.
“When we told them we were targeting a December opening, that sent them into a real tizzy,” one source told the Herald. “After the Cross City Tunnel experience, they have gone weak at the knees. They didn’t say they wanted a delay, but they said it would be better if it opened on schedule.”‘