Mosman & Lower North Shore Daily – Thursday 17 February 2005


Widening bridge will not solve traffic snarls, says Opposition


THE traffic bottleneck at the Spit Bridge would not be solved by widening it by two lanes, Opposition Leader John Brogden told a transport forum in Balgowlah on Monday.


But a tunnel proposed by the Opposition from Manly Vale to Cammeray to alleviate traffic congestion also came in for criticism at the forum.


“The Spit Bridge remains one of the worst traffic bottlenecks in Sydney and the Opposition is still firmly of the view that the Government's plan to widen the bridge will not solve the problem,” Mr Brogden said.


Sensible Traffic Action Group spokesman Peter Papas said that, while the proposed tunnel would not solve traffic congestion, it should be one option considered.


He said the Government should seek expressions of interest from the private sector to build a tunnel, rather than dismiss the proposal out of hand.


Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby said a tunnel would quickly become as congested as the existing road system.


Mr Scruby instead wants transit lanes scrapped and replaced by red lanes for the exclusive use of public transport, to encourage the use of buses.


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