A traffic survey shows 44 percent of Warringah residents want the Beaches Link Tunnel built with the highest priority.

Zali Steggall

Zali Steggall

Member for Warringah Zali Steggall OAM MP has just released a survey of over 1,100 constituents attitudes towards traffic issues.

“Traffic congestion has been getting steadily worse in the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore for over 25 years. The Infrastructure Australia Urban Transport Crowding and Congestion Report published last year identified that Narraweena to Chatswood via Warringah Road was the third most congested road in Australia.

“Traffic congestion has been raised at numerous State and Federal elections and the subject of many promises but little was being done. My team and I recognised this and commissioned the Warringah Traffic and Transport Survey to have detailed understanding of the various traffic challenges across Warringah,” said Ms Steggall.

The Warringah MP, who has declared her support for the Beaches Link Tunnel, says that congestion around the Spit Bridge remains a serious issue for commuters, in particular those on the Lower North Shore where 58 percent of survey respondents rated the Tunnel as the highest priority.

“I have met with many community groups, received department briefings and written to the NSW Minister for Transport about its progress. Release of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Northern Beaches Tunnel was due to be released mid-2019, then late 2019 and NSW Government is now indicating that it will be released later this year. It is important that the NSW Government progress the Beaches Link as a matter of priority.

“The survey shows that 44 percent of respondents said that the Tunnel should be given the highest priority to help solve Warringah’s traffic gridlock. And more than three quarters of people from Mosman, Neutral Bay, Cremorne, Seaforth and Balgowlah also wanted assurances about exhaust stacks being appropriately filtered to best practice standards,” said Ms Steggall.

Towards the western end of her electorate however, the recently announced express bus link between Dee Why and Chatswood became the issue of highest concern.

In the Forest area, 45 percent of respondents rated the east-west rapid bus connection as the most important transport issue.

“We are now starting to see some positive action. This week, funding to upgrade the Manly Ferry terminal and the Dee Why rapid bus line to Chatswood have been announced by the NSW Government. We have also seen the completion of the Warringah Road underpass in Frenchs Forest. This is great progress.

“It is clear that depending on the suburb where you live, your transport habits and traffic concerns change. For example, the results found people who live in Killarney Heights and Forestville use their car a lot more than people living in Manly or Fairlight because of a lack of public transport options.

“For those living from Queenscliff to Dee Why, Forestville and Killarney, more than 50 percent said they would use the rapid bus service from Dee Why to Chatswood.

“Following this strong community feedback, I will continue to meet with Infrastructure Australia and state government Ministers to advocate on behalf of the Warringah community,” said Ms Steggall.

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