Thursday, February 10, 2011

Buses to be rerouted round M2 Kirkham Road Bridge

The latest bulletin of the BCCT explains latest news about how the M2 widening project will affect residents of Beecroft and Cheltenham.  The key fact is that during the time the spans under the Murray Farm / Kirkham Road bridge are being widened, buses will not be allowed to cross the bridge! 

The Trust is concerned that the project team, RTA and Transurban, seem to have done nothing to alert users of the bridge of the imminent disruption to their lives.  So far Sydney buses have not been told of this, nor have any new routes been announced, nor have schools been made aware of project plans!  The Trust believes that, at the least, Transurban should have placed large notices on and around the bridge, advising residents of the intended dates of closure.

The most significant issue seems to be that Transurban are stating it will take exactly as long (22 months) to widen the bridge spans as it will to widen the entire section of the M2.  Clearly the planners need to focus on getting the bridge back to full unrestricted use as quickly as possible, and it is ridiculous to imagine that the timescales of the two jobs are so closely linked.  Transurban need to get the bridge modifications out of the way as quickly as possible.

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