Consultation to continue on Newport B-Line extension

Transport for NSW today committed to further consultation with the Newport community prior to the proposed extension of the B-Line route to Newport in 2018.

Phased introduction of B-Line services to Mona Vale is scheduled to start later this year with the extension of the service to Newport commencing once permanent arrangements are in place.

"The extension of B-Line services to Newport will provide more frequent opportunities for customers from the Newport area to travel to and from the Sydney CBD and elsewhere along the peninsula," a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

"We will continue to work with the local community - including residents, businesses, the surf club and council as part of the ongoing planning process.

"Newport is located at the end of the B-Line route and a proposed solution to turn buses around will be presented to the community in September this year. This will not include a bus depot and we will continue to minimise the impact of changes to the local community.

"In the interim we'll provide additional capacity to local bus network services around the Newport area to meet customer demand."

This includes operating larger 'bendy' buses with more seats on route 199 between Palm Beach, Avalon Beach and Manly during peak periods, with a service every 15 minutes in each direction between Newport and Mona Vale, where customers will be able to link with the B-Line.

Access between Newport and the Sydney CBD will continue to be provided in the new Northern Beaches bus network when it rolls out in late-2017, including commuter peak express services and route L90 services during weekday off-peak times and the weekends. 

The current level of service on route E89 will be maintained in weekday AM/PM peaks. Additional E88 services will also be provided in weekday AM/PM peaks, operating every 10 minutes in the height of the peak. 

When it launches later this year, the new turn-up-and-go B-Line services will run between Mona Vale and the Sydney CBD.

Work has also commenced on significant road improvements along the B-Line route designed to ease congestion and improve the reliability of all bus services. This work will continue into 2018 with the full benefits of the initiative to be realised when completed.