Proposed changes to services (click on the link)

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Impact of September 2017 announcement of deferral date of the extension to Newport

(Refer to Current Issues Item – The Story To Date for details)

26th July 2017 Meeting with B-Line Project Team re Proposed Service Schedule a Failure

Representatives from four community groups north of Mona vale (Palm Beach Whale Beach Assn [PBWBA], Clareville and Bilgola Plateau Residents Assn [CABPRA], Avalon Preservation Assn [APA] & ourselves [NRA]) met with the NSW Dept Transport B-Line project team responsible for creating a new Bus Services schedule for the full B-Line route on Wednesday 26thJuly 2017.

  • The project team offered nothing in the way of addressing the service concerns raised in a joint submission from those community groups. The project team only tried to justify their proposals.
  • They have not finalised a new timetable as yet and will not seek community feedback before they publish it.
  • They remain intent on taking the B-Line to Newport
  • Attempted to justify Newport by saying their future demand study for the next 10 years suggested 60% of the demand at Mona Vale would be from the North and 40% from the West. This was a new answer completely at odds with those previously given whereby their initial economic assessment had Mona Vale as the start point.
  • They intend to dedicate up to 70 car spaces at the Newport Surf Club as permanent commuter spots but did not define how that would work
  • They defined a bus ‘Terminus’ as where a service finishes or commence from (and where staff can take a break)
  • They are still looking at 9 different terminus options at Newport including the streets to the west of Barrenjoey Road
  • They have no knowledge of the Mona Vale depot ever being considered as a terminus/commuter parking station
  • They confirmed that there would be no through city services covering the ‘Newport Loop’ during peak hours (there are currently 14 between 6 & 8am weekdays).

 

In summary Tspt. NSW have made up their minds about the proposed service schedule they have come up with and are not prepared to deviate.  With regard to the effect of the B-Line terminus at Newport we have no further detail to be able to assess the real impact and so at this stage it remains a real concern regarding the impact on the Surf Club Carpark and/or the residential streets around Newport.

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Proposed changes to services (click on the link)

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Resident Groups  submission re bus services north of Mona Vale.

The issue of an extended service and the retention of bus connections to the city that we already have from Palm Beach to Mona Vale is currently being discussed with other community organisations at Avalon, Bilgola Plateau and Palm Beach. To this end the CABPRA (Clareville & Bilgola Plateau Residents Association) have produced an agreed alternate services proposal which has been submitted to the Dept of Transport and our local state rep. Rob Stokes. To view this proposal please click on the following link (Alternate Services Proposal). Should you have any comments regarding this submission please advise the NRA executive.

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OPAL DATA

We had been asking for the opal data the government were basing their plans on without much success, however via the office of Rob Stokes we have recently (in August) been supplied the following data based on the questions we asked.

  • Newport Loop Mon/Friday Peak hour to city (average number of daily passengers who board between 6am-9am and travel right through to Wynyard)

Peak

Hour Monthly Opal boardings Daily average Opal boardings
6-7am 359 16
7-8am 374 16
8-9am 201 9
Total 934 41
  • Newport Loop Mon/Friday Non-Peak hour (Say average number of daily passengers who board between 9am-3pm and travel right through to Wynyard)

Off-peak

Hour Monthly Opal boardings Daily average Opal boardings
9-10am 191 8
10-11am 143 6
11-12pm 77 3
12-1pm 94 4
1-2pm 67 3
2-3pm 42 2
Total 614 27

 

  • Newport Barrenjoey Road Mon/Friday Av peak hour to City (Say average number of daily passengers who board in the Newport village between 6am-9am and travel right through to Wynyard)

Peak

Hour Monthly Opal boardings Daily average Opal boardings
6-7am 1110 48
7-8am 1281 56
8-9am 254 11
Total 2645 115

 

  • Newport Barrenjoey Road Mon/Friday Av  Non- Peak to City – day  (Say average number of daily passengers who board in the Newport village between 9am-3pm and travel right through to Wynyard)

Off-peak

Hour Monthly Opal boardings Daily average Opal boardings
9-10am 167 7
10-11am 156 7
11-12pm 99 4
12-1pm 66 3
1-2pm 78 3
2-3pm 52 2
Total 618 27

 

  • Weekends trips Palm Beach to Newport pick-ups – Total (Say average number of weekend passengers who board the L90 at stops between Palm Beach and Newport village )

Weekend – All destinations

Hour Monthly Opal boardings Daily average Opal boardings
5-6am 47 6
6-7am 80 10
7-8am 211 26
8-9am 301 38
9-10am 388 49
10-11am 564 71
11-12pm 680 85
12-1pm 582 73
1-2pm 604 76
2-3pm 724 91
3-4pm 816 102
4-5pm 987 123
5-6pm 844 106
6-7pm 712 89
7-8pm 557 70
8-9pm 306 38
9-10pm 222 28
10-11pm 174 22
11-12am 10 1
Total 8809 1101

 

  • Weekends trips Palm Beach to Newport pick-ups – Through to city (Say average number of weekend passengers who board the L90 at stops between Palm Beach and Newport village – and travel right through to Wynyard)

Weekend – To Wynyard

Hour Monthly Opal boardings Daily average Opal boardings
5-6am 18 2
6-7am 28 4
7-8am 66 8
8-9am 82 10
9-10am 96 12
10-11am 131 16
11-12pm 90 11
12-1pm 112 14
1-2pm 85 11
2-3pm 219 27
3-4pm 269 34
4-5pm 396 50
5-6pm 262 33
6-7pm 275 34
7-8pm 226 28
8-9pm 63 8
9-10pm 42 5
10-11pm 17 2
11-12am 3 0
Total 2481 310