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
SHOROC is coordinating a Mayor-led campaign for better public transport and roads as part of the Shaping Our Future strategy. The campaign calls 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.
SHOROC and our partner councils are working closely with the NSW and Commonwealth governments to bring about the transport improvements this region needs.
Progress to date
There is significant progress and the Minister for Transport has now committed to finalising a “comprehensive plan for the immediate, short-term and longer-term public transport and road improvements for the region” in conjunction with SHOROC by the end of 2013.
It is understood this plan will include all of SHOROC’s major priorities. An update on each project is below:
- Warringah Road and Wakehurst Parkway upgrades
- Transport for NSW 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.
- The 2013-14 NSW Budget includes $6.5 million for planning and the NSW Treasurer has stated further funding will be allocated in the next budget for construction of the agreed upgrades.
- Bus Rapid Transit public transport system
- The NSW Government allocated $3 million for a Northern Beaches Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) pre-feasibility study with the report 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.
- Transport for NSW is now developing a plan for a BRT system across the region over the coming years for discussions with SHOROC. This includes plans for both the Warringah Road corridor from Dee-Why to Chatswood and Pittwater/Spit/Military Road corridor from Mona Vale to the CBD.
- Northern Beaches Link/tunnel under Mosman
- Infrastructure NSW (INSW) is engaging with the private sector to identify if this project can be accelerated and SHOROC will shortly meet with INSW and the Treasurer to discuss options.
- Mona Vale Road dual-lane carriageway
- The RMS is currently working on a 3.3km section of Mona Vale Road from McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills to Powder Works Road, Ingleside and has developed three route options to widen it to two lanes each way.
- The 2013-14 NSW Budget includes an additional $1 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.
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
- NSW MPs and SHOROC Board Collaborating for Northern Beaches and Mosman
- SHOROC 2013 Annual Report – Results Value Partnership
- Changing Transport Habits for Northern Beaches & Mosman Residents
- Public Transport & Roads
- New Regional Report Card Puts Info at Your Fingertips
- Funding for New Hospital Road Upgrades and Mona Vale Road
- Councils Lobby for Commonwealth Support for Health and Transport
- New Northern Beaches Hospital Highlights Transport Fix Needed Now
- Northern Beaches Hospital welcomed as a major boost for the region
- Have your say on Sydney’s future