On 9 November 2015, the NSW Government announced the delivery of the Northern Beaches B-Line project, which represents a program of works to deliver changes to kerb-side bus services from Mona Vale to the Sydney CBD.
Council considered a report on this matter at its 19 November 2015 Council meeting (2MB).
The Northern Beaches B-Line project team released a B-Line Review of Environmental Factors (REF) report on 5 December 2016, "to assess the environmental impacts associated with the construction and operation of the B-Line proposal under the provisions of Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979."
Council considered its response to the REF report on 20 February 2017 and identified significant issues with the B-Line project including four key issues previously identified by Council:
- Mode shift, traffic reduction and value for money objectives for the project are unclear.
- The extent to which parking removal and clearway extensions will impact pedestrian/retail amenity in Cremorne and Neutral Bay are unclear.
- A North Sydney CBD Northern Beaches BRT stop should be included in the scope of the project.
- TfNSW identified six project options, including a centrally aligned BRT option, for further development as part of their Northern Beaches BRT Pre-feasibility Study. No further consideration was given to these options as part of the further development of the B-Line project.
In addition to these overarching concerns, the response identified a number of further strategic and technical issues associated with the B-Line proposal detailed in the REF. As a result, Council resolved to convene a public meeting to discuss the REF.
Council held the public meeting on 30 March 2017 and invited Mosman Council to co-host it. Invitations were issued to the Premier, Minister for Transport, Member for North Shore, and Transport for NSW, but they declined.
View Council's presentation to the meeting:
Presentation slides - response to the B-Line REF (3MB)
View a report of the meeting, including the key discussion points:
Meeting report (628KB)
Have Your Say
On 1 May 2017, Council resolved to support a community petition to halt the State Government's B-Line bus project.
The petition, coordinated by the B-Line Petition Group - Cremorne, calls for the NSW Legislative Assembly to request a comprehensive parliamentary investigation into the costs, rationale and decision making associated with the B-Line bus project to date. Download the B-Line Community Petition and return it filled-out to Council or complete the petition in Council's Customer Cervice at 200 Miller Street, North Sydney; or in Stanton Library, North Sydney Olympic Pool and at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability. The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2017.
Note: only original petition signatory sheets will be accepted by the Legislative Assembly. Do not fax or email completed sheets to Council.
The NSW Government is currently inviting feedback online. You must register to feedback via http://yoursay.B-Line.transport.nsw.gov.au/get-involved
For further information contact Council’s Strategic Transport Planner on 02 9936 8531 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For up-to-date information refer to the NSW Government’s project website B-Line.transport.nsw.gov.au