A Man on the Harbour Bridge Stops Traffic This Morning

A major police operation is under way on Sydney's Harbour Bridge where an unauthorised man is believed to have climbed onto the structure.

Police spent hours negotiating with him to come down from the bridge, and the vehicle lanes below were blocked off.

Just before 10am Police managed to coax the man off the bridge after a standoff lasting about five hours, he was seen in handcuffs as he was led down the bridge and then lifted onto a stretcher by paramedics.

All bridge lanes reopened at 10am, but motorists were warned by the Transport Management Centre that significant delays would continue during the morning.

Multiple lanes north and southbound on the bridge were closed with Live Traffic NSW reporting that southbound traffic was backed up for about 20 kilometres north-west of the city on the M2.

If you're about to head into work via vehicle, it's probably best you take the train today.

The man's climb brought traffic on the bridge below to a standstill.

The minister suggested the $10,000 fine for illegally climbing San Francisco's famous Golden Gate bridge was a "good starting point".

NSW Police are now working to communicate with a man who climbed the bridge at about 4.30am, with emergency services waiting on ground.

If you struggle with suicidal thoughts, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

  • Rogelio Becker