Newport bus improvements take a different route


Transport for NSW is investigating further options to improve bus services for customers living north of Mona Vale following a decision not to pursue a proposed extension of the B-Line route to Newport.

“We’ve listened to the community and it’s clear that the most popular solution to improve public transport in the short term is to enhance existing bus services to meet the travel needs of Newport, Avalon Beach and the surrounding suburbs,” said a Transport for NSW spokesperson.

“Over the last 12 months Transport for NSW has been investigating infrastructure changes needed to allow the B-Line buses to operate to Newport, and we’ve discussed with the community a draft concept for a new roundabout at the intersection of Neptune and Barrenjoey Roads.

“From the feedback we received the clear message from our customers was that while they wanted more frequent buses, the preference was to increase capacity and frequency of existing services.

“We remain committed to improving bus services north of Mona Vale and will look at opportunities where we can enhance travel options for customers.”

The B-Line project will continue to focus on road improvements designed to reduce congestion along the entire B-Line corridor which will improve the efficiency and reliability of all bus services and general traffic across the Northern Beaches and Lower North Shore.

“Infrastructure improvements such as bus indents, lane widening and tidal flow systems introduced as part of B-Line are addressing congestion that’s currently experienced by both bus customers and general traffic,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

“On 15 January, sections of the morning peak citybound T3 lanes were converted to morning peak bus lanes which contributed to travel time savings of around 10 minutes for bus customers.

“Whilst we are already seeing benefits, public transport users will see the full extent of these improvements upon program completion.”

In November 2017 the NSW Government introduced more than 3,200 new weekly services to the Northern Beaches Bus Network.

This included the introduction of a new, high-frequency 199 service between Palm Beach and Manly, additional E88 services between Avalon Beach and Wynyard, additional 191 and 192 services linking Avalon Beach, Clareville and Bilgola Plateau, a new E54 route between Mona Vale and Milsons Point, additional E60 services between Mona Vale and Chatswood, additional 156 services between McCarrs Creek and Mona Vale, additional E85 services between Warriewood Valley and Wynyard and additional E83 services between Elanora Heights and Wynyard.