City East Cable Tunnel

City East Cable Tunnel

Ausgrid has constructed a new cable tunnel that runs from the corner of Ann, Riley & Albion Streets in Surry Hills to the City North zone substation on the corner of Sussex and Erskine Streets, Sydney. 

Work on the new cable tunnel has been carried out in two stages. Work on the project began in late 2011 and is now largely complete. Stage one involved construction of a 150 metre extension to the existing City South Cable Tunnel. Stage two included the construction of the 3.2 kilometre City East Cable Tunnel and the construction of an associated control building on the site over the tunnel, landscaping and new hoarding.

Architects, KannFinch on behalf of Ausgrid, prepared concept designs for the control building and Aecom drafted landscape plans for the surrounds. Ausgrid consulted with the City of Sydney and the community liaison group established for the City East Cable Tunnel project on the control building plans as part of the project's conditions of approval. The urban design and landscape sub plan can be viewed via the link at right.

Initially Ausgrid had planned to build an architecturally designed substation on a portion of the site with TransGrid planning to construct a bulk supply point on the site at a later date. However as electricity demand changed, there is no longer a need for the proposed substation and Ausgrid sold the remainder of the site to TransGrid. 

Approval process

This project was assessed under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and was approved in July 2011. The Environmental Assessment for the project was on public display from Thursday 11 November 2010 until Friday 21 January 2011. A copy of the report is available below.

Main Report

Appendix A to I

Further information 

If you would like more information about the City East Cable Tunnel project, please contact Ausgrid's major projects team using the contacts listed above right, or write to us at: 
City East Cable Tunnel
GPO Box 4009