The Wynyard Walk, a 180-metre tunnel connecting Sydney’s CBD to the Barangaroo waterfront, has opened to the public.
The tunnel connects Wynyard Station to the Barangaroo precinct and has taken four years to build.
Premier Mike Baird said the pedestrian walkway would reduce travel time between the two areas in half.
“One of the most exciting employment precincts in the world deserves the best possible access and that’s what the Wynyard Walk does,” he said.
“At the moment to get from Wynyard to Barangaroo [it] takes about 15 minutes.
“Obviously ups and downs and across many busy streets, this will cut it, make it very simple and it’s just about six minutes.”
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said it was expected to be a crucial route for thousands of workers and visitors everyday.
“We’ve got 23,000 workers down at Barangaroo but we will see in excess of 30,000 visitors to Barangaroo every day,” he said.
“The tunnel itself can cater [for] up to 20,000 pedestrian movements an hour so we’re going to see people increasingly accessing this part of the city.
“This will be the main artery between Barangaroo and the transport network, in particular trains, until we see the advent of the new metro station down at Barangaroo in a few short years.”
The Government said the first stage of the Wynyard Station upgrade was also complete.