Yes. Beaches Link benefits public transport across the Northern Beaches, the North Shore, North Sydney and around the CBD by opening up new express bus connections and adding capacity to existing corridors.
Beaches Link will:
- Enable direct, reliable public transport between the Northern Beaches and the Sydney Metro at North Sydney as well as south of Sydney Harbour and new direct connections to centres such as St Leonards
- Free up Military Road for more reliable bus services through Mosman, Cremorne and Neutral Bay and ease pressure on Warringah Road for bus services through Frenchs Forest, Forestville and Roseville Bridge
- Improve bus travel on the Warringah Freeway, including a new continuous, free-flowing bus lane between Miller Street and Sydney Harbour Bridge and improved access to North Sydney
- Enable opportunities for express buses to use Beaches Link.
In addition to new express routes, Beaches Link will turbocharge the 2,000 weekly B-Line services introduced by the NSW Government in 2017.
Yes. Beaches Link delivers over five kilometres of new cycleways and pedestrian paths. New active transport connections will provide new travel options and create new paths for recreation.
New Wakehurst Parkway shared path:
- Links the new Northern Beaches Hospital precinct with Seaforth, Balgowlah and Manly
- Integrates with the Garigal National Park and Manly Dam Reserve trails with safe underpasses and overpasses
Balgowlah Recreation precinct:
- Provides additional shared pathways integrated with existing paths to nearby schools and shops
The proposed reference design for Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link was released on 26 July 2018 and extensive community engagement was undertaken through to 1 December 2018.
The engagement included 20 community information sessions that were held across the proposed alignment, including at Balmain, North Sydney, Crows Nest, Mosman, Cammeray and Balgowlah. The sessions were attended by more than 2,600 people.
In total, more than 7,300 items of feedback were received by the project team during the engagement phase, including more than 4,000 comments pinned to two online comment maps.
The 2018 community engagement builds on the engagement carried out for the 2017 concept design in when 16 information sessions were attended by more than 2,100 people.
A Final Business Case will be prepared for the project, assessed and released by Infrastructure NSW following the conclusion of the design phase.
As with any major transport infrastructure project, Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link will be subject to a rigorous and comprehensive environmental impact assessment.
This assessment will examine all potential environmental and social impacts that may occur during the construction and operation of the project, and proposed mitigation measures to avoid, manage or mitigate these impacts. This includes traffic, air quality, noise and vibration, spoil disposal, sediment management, Aboriginal and European heritage, flora, fauna and marine ecology, and sustainability.
There will be two Environmental Impact Statements – one for Western Harbour Tunnel (including Warringah Freeway upgrade) and one for Beaches Link (including the Gore Hill Freeway connection). Each will address the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) issued in December 2017.
The environmental assessment will be managed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment. There will be a public exhibition period and the documents will be available to view on the Department’s website during that time.
You will be able to make formal submissions on any aspect of the project once the EISs are on display. There will be further community engagement during the exhibition period, including further community sessions.
The Environmental Impact Statements will be reviewed by the Department of Planning and Environment, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, NSW Chief Health Officer, and independent reviewers before planning approval can be granted.
The environmental assessments are due to begin in 2019.
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