New bus tunnel proposed for Sydney's northern beaches
Commuting to Sydney city could become easier for northern beaches residents under a proposed dual-lane bus tunnel.
The bus rapid transit (BRT) prefeasibility study for Sydney's northern suburbs listed the two lane tunnel connecting Warringah Freeway and the Spit Bridge as one of six options to reduce congestion across the bridge.
Other options included upgrading existing bus lanes and widening the Spit Bridge to accommodate six lanes of traffic.
Those living in northern suburbs residential property are likely to welcome the BRT study, which identified travel time savings of up to 25 per cent for commuters to the CBD.
Shore Regional Organisation of Councils (SHOROC) welcomed the report, urging the state government to financially commit to a solution for Sydney's northern suburbs region.
"We're pleased to see that the government reports say several options for a BRT are feasible for our region and is consulting councils and the community on the options," Manly mayor and SHOROC president said.
"It is critical that the government now takes the next step and proceeds to more detailed planning and commits to building the best solutions for both these corridors and the region as a matter of priority."
Local consultation of the proposed plans will be conducted before a decision is made.