3. Traffic will overload local streets
The EIS doesn’t pull any punches - it predicts a moderate to high impact on main and residential streets across the North Sydney LGA. The tunnel will draw traffic in from other areas seeking to join the motorway and will funnel traffic out onto fewer exits, forcing more vehicles onto local streets. All our main roads will be over-loaded and seven major intersections will fail during peak times.
• Miller St at Amhurst, Ernest, Falcon and Berry Streets
• The Pacific Highway at Bay Road and Berry Street
• Military Road at Ben Boyd Road
Connections across the LGA will be broken by the new infrastructure, resulting in longer and circuitous routes on local streets, especially in Cammeray, Crows Nest, Neutral Bay and Cremorne.
There will be 73 parking spaces permanently lost and a further 55 lost during construction, which means residents and their visitors won’t be able to find a parking space.
The project is a huge step backwards for active transport, essential for a sustainable community.
Traffic diversions will:
• create longer travel time for cyclists
• longer waits at pedestrian intersections
• a less pleasant walking experience