Face-lift for Spit and Military Roads

Published:
01/04/2020

 

Spit and Military Roads could undergo significant transformations as part of the Beaches Link Tunnel project, with Mosman Council and Transport for NSW indicating plans to work together on a strategy. 

At its March meeting, Mosman Council agreed to write a letter to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) indicating its intension to create a ‘Post Beaches Link Tunnel Strategy’ for the arterial roads.

This was sparked by a motion put forward by Councillor Tom Sherlock, suggesting should the Beaches Link Tunnel go ahead it would be advantageous to include the Mosman main roads in the plans.

Cnr Sherlock put forward an approach similar to Lane Cove Council’s strategy for Epping Road and Longueville Road during the construction of the Lane Cove Tunnel.

He proposes Council investigate options to improve the long-time traffic issues on the roads, such as improved bus lanes, reduced road space for cars, reinstated right turn lanes and a continuous cycleway.

The idea being to ‘reduce traffic capacity and increase provision of shops, parking, public transport, active transport and other community amenities.’

However, both Cnr Sherlock and his fellow councillors, including Mayor Carolyn Corrigan, were vocal at the meeting about harbouring significant concerns for the tunnel projects.

In particular, the closure of the Ernest Street ramp to traffic accessing the Harbour Bridge, as is outlined in the Western Harbour Tunnel Environmental Impact Statement. 

“Council has determined that it will prioritise a submission to the State Government regarding the EIS on the Western Harbour Tunnel as it is concerned about possible impacts about air quality and the flow of traffic into the city,” a spokesperson tells North Shore Living

“Any future strategy would be considered at a later date.”

Transport for NSW has told North Shore Living it remains open to working with Mosman Council to create a strategy for Spit and Military Roads.

“We would be pleased to continue this engagement to develop a strategy for the corridor, to ensure customer and community outcomes are delivered,” a spokesperson says.

Author:
Stephanie Aikins, Journalist, North Shore Living Magazine

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