The NSW Government has allocated $6.5 million for road upgrades around the Northern Beaches Hospital at Frenchs Forest and another $1 million for planning Mona Vale Road works between McCarrs Creek Road and Powder Works Road.
NSW Treasurer Mike Baird delivered his 2013-14 Budget on Tuesday 18 June and said the road upgrades would be delivered in two years.
Mr Baird said “I think that everyone in the northern beaches knows that the road upgrades are necessary,” adding that with the Northern Beaches Hospital progressing it was “the appropriate time to upgrade the roads”.
According to Mr Baird the $6.5 million will go towards planning for road upgrades and further funding would be allocated in the next budget to deliver the works.
NSW Health has called for expressions of interest for the Northern Beaches Hospital with construction to start in 2014. Road upgrades are needed now around the new hospital site in addition to more efficient public transport.
Pittwater MP Rob Stokes said “This funding is essential for current and future improvements to our local road network and it’s fantastic to see our community’s major road projects firmly on the government’s agenda.”
Transport has been long identified as a major issue for the region and SHOROC has been advocating for targeted road upgrades, public transport including Bus Rapid Transit system and Northern Beaches tunnel.
For Warringah Road and the Northern Beaches Hospital, SHOROC is calling for:
- Grade separation at the intersections of Warringah Road with Wakehurst Parkway and Forest Way and upgrades to Wakehurst Parkway to provide flood-free access.
- Fast public transport links from Dee Why to Chatswood, with an initial focus on the provision of frequent and direct express bus services and bus priority measures, and then upgrade to a segregated Bus Rapid Transit system or other greater capacity transport in future years.
- Construction of targeted park and rides to maximise patronage of public transport.
SHOROC looks forward to seeing construction start on the Northern Beaches Hospital next year, followed shortly by road and public transport upgrades, so we have the necessary infrastructure ready for when the hospital begins operation in 2018.
The $6.5 million is earmarked for planning for road upgrades and further funding will be allocated in the next budget for the works.