Speak up now if you want public transport and road upgrades for the Northern Beaches and Mosman, say the Mayors of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils.

The NSW Government has identified Bus Rapid Transit and road upgrades for the region as part of its draft state-wide transport and infrastructure plans and is calling on community feedback in the next two weeks.

“For the first time in decades new transport infrastructure for our region has been included in a draft NSW Government transport plan”, said Jean Hay, Manly Mayor and President of SHOROC.

“We all hear from our communities that transport and traffic congestion is the number one issue we need to fix. Now is the time for all of us who live and work here to stand up and have our say.”

The Pittwater/Spit/Military Road corridor is the most congested in Sydney and the Warringah Road corridor will shortly exceed capacity, say Transport for NSW reports.

SHOROC, which is a partnership of Manly, Mosman, Pittwater and Warringah councils, has long been advocating for the construction of a Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT) as well as targeted road upgrades on the Pittwater/Spit/Military Road and Warringah Road corridors.

“We’re calling on anyone living or working across the Northern Beaches and Mosman to contact the NSW Government now via masterplan@transport.nsw.gov.au to make sure the BRT and road projects proposed by the councils are included in the final plans and work begins as a priority”.

“It is encouraging to see that the construction of a Northern Beaches Bus Rapid Transit is included in the NSW Government’s draft NSW Long Term Transport Masterplan and public transport and road upgrades are included Infrastructure NSW’s State Infrastructure Strategy”.

“This is testament to the work of all our local MPs and our councils working as one to put our region on the map”.

SHOROC considers that it’s now time for action to address the region’s traffic congestion and slow and unreliable public transport.

“Our councils look forward to continuing our collaboration with the NSW Government, to get the detailed planning completed and work underway on the transport infrastructure that the Northern Beaches and Mosman sorely needs”.

Submissions on the NSW Long Term Transport Masterplan close on 26 October 2012.

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