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 on 19 November 2015 considered a report on this matter.
Then 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".
Commencement: B-line bus service commenced on 26 Nov 2017.
The Council Position
Click here for full summary of related Council resolutions (121KB)
Council considered its response to the REF report on 20 February 2017 which 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.
- Extent to which parking removal and clearway extensions will impact pedestrian/retail amenity in Cremorne and Neutral Bay are unclear.
- North Sydney CBD BRT stop should be included in the scope of the project.
- Further consideration of the options identified in the Northern Beaches BRT Pre-feasibility Study be undertaken as part of the justification of the TfNSW’s preferred B-line project.
In addition to these overarching concerns, the response identified a number of strategic and technical issues associated with the B-line proposal detailed in the REF. On 30 March 2017 Council held a public meeting (3MB) to discuss the REF and invited Mosman Council to co-host. The Premier, Minister for Transport, Member for North Shore, and TfNSW, declined to attend. Fifty people attended. Read the post-meeting report here. (628KB)
On 1 May 2017 Council resolved to support a community petition to halt the B-line project. Council wrote to the Premier, and the State Member for North Shore, asking that the B-line be halted until an integrated transport plan for the northern region is developed, in the context of the then announced Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link and a comprehensive community consultation undertaken.
Council resolution letter to the Premier & Ministers (89KB)
B-line Public Art Strategy
As part of the B-line Project, new Intelligent Transport System (ITS) cabinets, have been installed along Military Road to support new passenger information systems and traffic operations.
TfNSW are introducing a Public Art Strategy to enhance the visual amenity of the ITS cabinets in Neutral Bay.
TfNSW has engaged an experienced art consultant to ensure the installations will engage with commuters and community to amplify and celebrate a sense of place, connect local communities and commuters, employ local artists and positively profile Neutral Bay and the lower north shore of Sydney.
TfNSW have consulted Council on the artwork themes, to ensure they are inspiring and relevant to Neutral Bay.
The artworks depict the history of local identities including Margaret Tucker, Dame Mary Gilmore and Walter Vernon.
TfNSW public art strategy (826KB)
Tree Removal - Military Road
On 7 July 2017 Council wrote to TfNSW with objections to the implementation of Package C1 and the Arboriculture Impact Assessment Report.
Council letter to Transport NSW July 2017 (877KB)
And from the Council Meeting of 24 July 2017
Council Response to TfNSW regarding Street Tree Removal for B-line (16MB)
TfNSW undertook tree removal and trimming work in September and October 2017 along Military Road. The purpose of the tree removal and trimming was to enable the double decker B-line bus to travel along the route. TfNSW will endeavour to re-plant the trees in these locations in 2018. Council re-planted through to 2020.
TfNSW notification tree removal Neutral Bay (527KB)
TfNSW notification tree removal Cremorne (202KB)
On 9 October 2017 Council resolved to urgently write to the Premier and State Member for North Shore (192KB) requesting that they immediately stop the destruction and pruning of trees on Military Road and in St Leonards Park.
Council also urgently requested the full Statement of Effects for the B-line including negotiated changes that have been made and promised to various community groups by the B-line representatives.
Council letter to the Premier, Local Member and B Line team, Oct 2017 (192KB)
Response from Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Treasurer (51KB)
Response from NSW Premier, Oct 2017 (60KB)
Response from Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Oct 2017 (61KB)
Response from Gladys Berejiklian, Dec 2017 (168KB)
T3 to Bus Lanes Conversion
On 4 December 2017 Council resolved to endorse a submission (15MB) to TfNSW’s B-line Team regarding the conversion of the existing AM T3 Lanes to an AM Bus Lane. Council also resolved to prepare a supplementary submission based on feedback from affected Precinct areas, including Harrison, Bennett, Willoughby Bay, Neutral and Brightmore. Both submissions note that modelling nor an impact assessment has been undertaken to clearly indicate the benefits of this making this change. Without such modelling it is hard to assess the impact of the changes.
Council submission to TfNSW T3 Lanes conversion Dec 2017 (113KB)
Council supplementary submission T3 conversion to bus lanes (395KB)
On 30 October 2017 Council considered a report (275KB) about three special Precinct meetings to which the State Government presented to the community on the B-line and Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link. The presentation Q&A transcription of the special meeting with B-line staff held 19 October 2017 is available here.
Council resolved to write to the State Government asking for a 6 month moratorium on all infrastructure works proposed to take place in Cremorne and Neutral Bay in order to undertake a trial of the B-line to collect real-time data. Council also resolved to write to the Member for North Shore requesting a copy of her correspondence to the Minister for Transport in relation to the B-line .
Letter from Felicity Wilson MP - 23 October 2017 (346KB)
Letter to Felicity Wilson MP - 26 June 2017 (104KB)
A petition, coordinated by the B-line Petition Group - Cremorne, was presented to the Shadow Transport Minister in December 2017, with 5,500 signatures, calling 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. The petition was tabled when Parliament resumed in 2018.
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