Start: 22 Nov 2008 - 1:30amThe RTA propose to build a new three lane bridge to the west of the existing four lane Iron Cove Bridge. My view is that a better option would be to not build a new bridge and instead devote two of the lanes of the existing bridge to buses. The funds saved on the new bridge could be spent on purchasing additional buses. This would have advantages:
End: 22 Nov 2008 - 3:30pm
Planning and implementing transport in the inner west will be addressed by transport experts, Dr. Garry Glazebrook and Dr. Michelle Zeibots, and local transport groups. Topics for discussion will include the Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill Light Rail extension and the Iron Cove Bridge Duplication.
Venue: Leichhardt Town Hall
Norton St. Leichhardt
From: Leichhardt Council Transport Forum, EcoTransit Sydney, 2008
- Provides for far larger capacity at peak times than an additional bridge.
- Less noise and vibration impacts on the local residents.
- Does not require relocation of underwater utilities.
- Does not require acquisition of private property.
- No impact on Birkenhead Wharf that has heritage characteristics.
- Safer, simpler alignment with the existing road.
Rail transport would be preferable, but the NSW government has been unable to prepare a credible rail transport plan, with unworkable schemes such as the North West Metro. The city will therefore have to make do with buses for the foreseeable future.