Changed traffic conditions on Falcon Street at Neutral Bay
Motorists are advised of temporary changes to traffic conditions from Falcon Street to the Warringah Freeway in Neutral Bay to enable the construction of a new dedicated citybound bus lane for the Warringah Freeway Upgrade.
Once completed in 2024, the new continuous bus lane will simplify the Warringah Freeway and improve future journeys to the CBD.
From Friday 16 June the existing westbound bus lane on Falcon Street, between Merlin Street and the Warringah Freeway, will be temporarily closed for up to 12 months, while the bus lane on the southbound on-ramp will be closed for up to 18 months.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said during the temporary bus lane closure buses and general traffic will be required to merge to form two lanes.
“This will impact motorists and buses travelling to the CBD and North Sydney along Military Road and Falcon Street, particularly during the morning peak,” the spokesperson said.
“Traffic delays could be worse during an unexpected incident, so we advise motorists to allow extra travel time.
“We are doing everything we can to reduce the impacts on motorists, nearby residents and other affected members of the community.”
Customers travelling towards the Sydney CBD and North Sydney on Falcon Street and Military Road can consider catching a bus or ferry for a faster trip.
Those catching a bus from the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore are encouraged to travel before 7am or after 9am where possible to avoid delays.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said there will also be impacts to cyclists and pedestrians.
“The shared user path on the southern side of Falcon Street between the northbound off-ramp and Merlin Street will be closed for up to 18 months,” the spokesperson said.
“Pedestrians and cyclists will need to detour an additional 700m around the closure via the Falcon Street shared user bridge, which is estimated to add up to an extra 10 minutes to the pedestrian journey time.
“A shorter and faster alternative pedestrian and cyclist detour to North Sydney is available via the Ridge Street shared user bridge.
“Bike user groups have been consulted and provided feedback on the alternative detour routes and detour signage locations.”
The Warringah Freeway Upgrade includes transforming 16 lanes of traffic, four interchanges and 10 bridges within a constrained environment.
Once complete, this upgrade will simplify and streamline the driver and commuter experience with improved signage and less need to weave and merge between lanes to safely get to their destination.
Road users are advised to allow extra time and plan ahead via the Live Traffic NSW App or by visiting livetraffic.com for the latest updates.
Public transport passengers are advised to plan ahead by visiting transportnsw.info for the latest information.