Public Transport & Roads
It is widely acknowledged transport is the biggest issue across the SHOROC region.
Numerous studies have shown we have some of the slowest major roads in Sydney if not Australia.
Traffic congestion, lack of efficient public transport and heavy reliance on cars is a huge problem.
With little to no major government funding in decades, our ageing transport infrastructure is beyond its limits and congestion is only set to worsen with population growth to increase by 11% over the next 20 years.
Our campaign for better public transport and roads
So the SHOROC councils decided to take the lead.
To develop a plan and deliver a Mayor-led campaign for better public transport and roads as part of the Shaping Our Future strategy.
The campaign called on the NSW and Commonwealth governments to invest in:
- Public transport: Construction of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) public transport system from Mona Vale to the CBD and from Dee Why to Chatswood.
- Targeted road upgrades: for Warringah Road, the Wakehurst Parkway, Mona Vale Road and construction of the Northern Beaches Link.
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Shaping Our Future – the agreed priorities for the SHOROC region
As part of the Shaping Our Future strategy, the four councils formally agreed the major transport priorities for the SHOROC region in September 2010.
The agreed integrated package of priority transport improvements for the short-term and the medium-to-long-term for the SHOROC region is as follows
|Short-term (0-5 years) package of measures|
|Medium-long term (5-20 years) package of measures|
More detail on the SHOROC transport priorities and submissions:
- SHOROC submission on Northern Beaches Bus Rapid Transit pre-feasibility report
- SHOROC submission on the draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan
Map of major transport and health strategic directions in Shaping Our Future
SHOROC and our partner councils are working closely with the NSW and Commonwealth governments to bring about the transport improvements this region needs.
There is significant progress and the Minister for Transport has just released the $633 million Northern Beaches Transport Action Plan including plans for faster and more reliable public transport with the Bus Rapid Transit system, major road upgrades and planning for the tunnel.
This plan includes all of SHOROC’s major priorities. An update on each project is below:
- Warringah Road and Wakehurst Parkway upgrades
- Roads and Maritime NSW (RMS) has commenced detailed planning for major road and intersection upgrades surrounding the planned hospital site in Frenchs Forest, in line with SHOROC’s proposal, and for Wakehurst Parkway to provide flood-free hospital access. Read more about the planning here.
- The 2014-15 NSW Budget includes $400 million for for construction of the agreed upgrades including major underpasses removing the choke points with the Wakehurst Parkway and Forest Way.
- Bus Rapid Transit public transport system
- The NSW Government has allocated $125 million to implement a Northern Beaches Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system from Mona Vale to the CBD and an additional $97 million for major transport interchanges and commuter car parks across the region.
- The new BRT for the Northern Beaches will be called the B-Line and is expected to be completed by late 2017. More information can be found at the dedicated B-Line website b-line.transport.nsw.gov.au
- It has also committed to planning a BRT for the vital Warringah Road corridor from Dee Why to Chatswood. Under the plan just released Express ‘Suburban’ services will be introduced as the first step.
- Background information can be found in the BRT pre-feasibility study released in July 2012. The investigation found several options for a BRT are feasible for the region. Find out more on the options outlined in the report here.
- Northern Beaches Link/tunnel under Mosman
- $5 million has been allocated to conduct a feasibility study and commence the planning for a major tunnel linking the Northern Beaches with the Warringah Freeway. More.
- Mona Vale Road dual-lane carriageway
- The RMS is currently working on widening a 3.3km section of Mona Vale Road from McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills to Powder Works Road, Ingleside. Find out more here.
- The 2014-15 NSW Budget includes an additional $6 million to continue planning for the widening of this stretch of Mona Vale Road, and to commence planning for the proposed upgrade of Mona Vale Road between Mona Vale and Ingleside.