Have your say on Stage One Northern Beaches Hospital road upgrades

22 October 2014

Community feedback is invited by mid next month on the concept proposal and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for stage one of planned road upgrades around the Northern Beaches Hospital.

“The NSW Government is planning to deliver road upgrades in two stages to support the future Northern Beaches Hospital which will be located near key travel routes including Warringah Road, Forest Way and Wakehurst Parkway,” a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.

“The upgrades aim to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion and increase capacity on the surrounding road network ahead of the planned opening of the hospital in 2018.”

The spokesperson said feedback is invited on the display of the EIS, which outlines key features of the proposal.

“The EIS outlines the potential environmental, social and economic impacts and mitigation measures proposed during work and once the project is complete,” the spokesperson said.

“Upgrades to key roads around the future hospital site aim to improve traffic flow and access, reduce congestion and increase capacity on the surrounding road network.

“Consultation has been under way for several months and a high level of community interest has been received.

“Stage one work aims to provide essential access for the Northern Beaches Hospital with the second stage to improve capacity on the broader network.

“Community feedback in March and August this year resulted in improvements to the proposal including changes to the intersection of Frenchs Forest Road and Nandi Avenue.”

The spokesperson said planning approval for the work on the project is being sought in stages.

“The exhibited EIS for stage one work and the concept proposal provide an overview of the whole project which will be assessed in accordance with relevant planning legislation.”

“The environmental assessment process for stage two, which will cover additional road upgrades including along Warringah Road, will be displayed for community comment in 2015.

“Community feedback on the proposals is vital to ensure the best outcome for the community. Feedback on the EIS and concept proposal will help inform further plans,” the spokesperson said.

The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has placed the EIS on public exhibition until Friday 21 November with submissions invited through the Department of Planning and Environment website at www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au.

The community is encouraged to attend one of two community information sessions on Saturday 8 November from 1pm to 5pm at Forestville Memorial Hall at Forestville and Tuesday 11 November from 5pm to 8pm at Galstaun Function Centre in Frenchs Forest.

For more information on the project visit: http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-north/northern-beaches-hospital/index.html

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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