Northern Beaches B-line
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.
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 it's response to the REF report on 20 February 2017 and identified significant issues with the B-line project including 4 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 6 (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 identifies 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 be held at North Sydney Council’s Hutley Hall at 7PM on the 30 March. The NSW Premier, NSW Minister for Transport, the North Shore Local Member and the Mayor and Councillors of Mosman Council have been invited to attend this meeting.
The agenda for this meeting will include further discussion of those issues identified in Council’s response.
Those wishing to attend the North Sydney Council’s B-line Public Meeting are requested to register their interest here.
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