Manly Daily 5 October 2012 by Boel Erikkson
Start building the Northern Beaches Link and do it soon, mayors say.
Infrastructure NSW detailed the link in their Sydney Strategic Road Network released yesterday.
It would bring drivers over a new Spit bridge, through a tunnel under Mosman’s Military Rd, and on to the Gore Hill Freeway.
It also included the Bus Rapid Transit system, planned to run from the northern beaches to the CBD through the tunnel. But the private sector would need to help foot the bill for the project to happen soon.
SHOROC president and Manly Mayor Jean Hay said it sounded great and wanted work to start “ASAP”.
“We would love to see this go ahead, but I don’t think we want to wait five to 10 years,” she said. “We’re very keen to see it get going.”
Warringah mayor Michael Regan agreed, saying solving the traffic issue should not be delayed any longer.
“I’d like to see it obviously fast-tracked,” he said.
He said he could understand why northern beaches drivers were frustrated.
“We share those concerns,” he said. “Transport and roads need to be the priority. It can’t be ignored.”
Pittwater Mayor Jacqueline Townsend said the government needed to make the plans a priority.
Manly MP Mike Baird said he would ask Manly and Warringah councils to identify sites so park and ride facilities could be developed “in preparation for a Northern Beaches BRT”.
Cr Regan said potential sites would be Glenrose Shopping Centre, underneath Brookvale Oval, and outside the Freshwater RSL.
Cr Hay said the council would look for locations.