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Plans to im­prove bus jour­ney times and ser­vice re­li­a­bil­ity ahead of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the new B-Line ser­vices are start­ing to take shape in Syd­ney.

Ex-New South Wales mem­ber for North Shore Jil­lian Skin­ner says bus ser­vices be­tween the North­ern Beaches and the Syd­ney CBD will be­come much more ef­fi­cient once the new B-line ser­vices are in place.

“Cus­tomers will soon be able to catch a new B-Line bus ev­ery five min­utes in the busy morn­ing and af­ter­noon peak, in the peak di­rec­tion, and ev­ery 10 min­utes at other times of the day, in­clud­ing week­ends,” she says.

The B-Line bus ser­vice will stop at new city­bound and out­bound bus stops lo­cated on Mil­i­tary Road near Wy­combe Road in Neu­tral Bay and on Spit Road near Clif­ford Street in Mos­man.

Road im­prove­ments be­tween Spit Junc­tion and Neu­tral Bay, in­clud­ing new bus bays, new turn­ing lanes, new and ex­tended traf­fic flow lanes, new traf­fic lights and widen­ing sec­tions of the road are planned.

Trans­port for NSW [ TfNSW] pur­chased the for­mer cinema build­ing at 7-11 Spit Road. The plan is to re­move the ex­ist­ing build­ing and use the site for B-Line and lo­cal bus stops, in­clud­ing con­struct­ing a bus bay that re­quires clos­ing Clif­ford Street.

“There’s also a pro­posal to par­tially close Cabra­matta Road, which will pre­vent traf­fic from turn­ing left on to Mil­i­tary Road, help­ing to ease conges­tion,” Skin­ner says.

De­tailed in­for­ma­tion on the draft plan and in­for­ma­tion on how to sub­mit can be found on the TfNSW web­site.

If plan­ning ap­proval is granted, con­struc­tion is ex­pected to start in the sec­ond quar­ter of this year and con­tinue through to late 2018.

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