Northern beaches of Sydney still in “first gear” over BRT

01 / 11 / 2013

Source: Manly Daily

A Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system for the northern beaches is set to become a reality but councils say 10 years is too long to wait. The state government has identified a BRT system as an appropriate option for relieving congestion on the northern beaches. But it has suggested a timeline of between five and 10 years for its implementation, subject to feasibility.

The BRT was included in the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan released on December 13, 2012.

Michael Regan, president of Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC) which represents Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils, said 10 years was too long for frustrated residents to wait. “It seems like we’re stuck in first gear when it comes to fixing our transport problems”, Cr Regan said. “However, we would welcome acceleration of the proposed northern beaches link should it be identified it can be fast-tracked with private sector involvement”, he said.

Manly Liberal MP Mike Baird said Infrastructure NSW was assessing whether the private sector could help deliver the project faster. This assessment was expected to take 18 months and was focussed around delivery of a new Spit Bridge and tunnel under Mosman. Mr Baird welcomed the inclusion of the BRT in the plan. “It’s no longer a thought but a reality that is going to happen”, Mr Baird said. Consultation on the BRT will continue next year with a public meeting scheduled for January 30.

MASTER PLAN:

  • Sets transport priorities for next 20 years
  • Includes development of regional transport plans and draft bus strategy
  • Also second harbour rail crossing, delivery of Opal card and ferry improvements

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