Community consultation report now online for proposed Eastern Suburbs bus reliability improvements

24 August 2017

A community consultation report on proposed changes to bus stops in Vaucluse, Dover Heights, North Bondi and Bondi Beach is now available.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperosn said the proposed improvements will be delivered as part of the NSW Government’s Bus Priority Infrastructure Program which aims to improve the reliability and efficiency of bus services while easing congestion for all road users.

“As part of the program, the NSW Government is making changes to a number of bus stops on some of Sydney’s busiest routes,” the spokesperson said.

“Bus stops will be removed or extended to reduce the number of locations buses need to stop and some stops will be moved to the departure side of traffic lights to reduce delays for buses.

“Infrastructure improvements at bus stops between Vaucluse and Bondi Beach include changes to bus stop signage and lengthening some bus stops to improve access for buses and assist passenger boarding and alighting.”

“Bus stops near schools, aged care facilities and shopping centres have been carefully considered to ensure access to these vital services is maintained.”

The spokesperson said as part of the proposed changes, some on street parking spaces will be removed to make it easier for buses to move in and out of stops.

“The proposed improvements aim to provide a more reliable bus network that is more efficient and convenient for customers,” the spokesperson said.

“Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services invited comments on the proposed changes between March and May last year and received 224 submissions, including a number of organisations.

“The main comments received included support for improved bus reliability, the potential for increased traffic congestion, safety for school children, loss of parking, access to bus services and additional walking distances, particularly for less mobile commuters.”

The spokesperson said after considering all feedback, Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime have adjusted the proposal to provide new bus stops on Portland Street near Lancaster Road and Military Road near Oceanview Avenue at Dover Heights.

“Bus stops at North Bondi on Blair Street near Wairoa Avenue, Murriverie Road near Mitchell Street and Mitchell Street near O’Donnell Street as well as Military Road near Loombah Street at Dover Heights will be retained,” the spokesperson said.

“The community and stakeholders are thanked for taking the time to provide feedback.

“All comments and feedback provided by the community and stakeholders have been carefully considered and work on the improvements is expected to start later this year.”

For the latest information and to view the community consultation report visit www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-inner/vaucluse-bondi-bus-priority/.

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