HALF BILLION DOLLAR B-LINE WILL ONLY INCREASE CAPACITY BY 30 PEOPLE

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The half a billion dollar bus project that was supposed to radically change services on the Northern Beaches will result in only 30 more people being transported into the city during peak hour. 

The Government’s own experts have warned, in secret Cabinet documents dated April and May 2017, that there is a risk that the B-Line will exceed capacity shortly after opening.

The leaked document says the new service will provide “an increase in total capacity (seated and standing) of 30 customers during the AM peak hour (8-9am arrival at Sydney CBD)…”.

These revelations make a mockery of the now Premier and former Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian’s 2014 promise that "the (B-Line) project will transform public transport in the region".

In the latest project update dated March 2017 the Government continues to boast under “Customer benefits” that the B Line will see “improved peak period passenger capacity”.

It follows earlier revelations that another of the Premier's pet projects - the CBD South East Light Rail - will be at capacity when it opens.

Additional documents also reveal that the B-Line is slated to open on 16 November and that the Government will launch a large scale advertising campaign in the two weeks leading up to it.

In further proof that the Berejiklian Government is obsessed with spin, the Cabinet papers warn that "Given the scale of the proposed advertising campaign, sufficient media buying time should be planned".

Opposition Leader Luke Foley says the leaked documents show that the B-Line project is a farce.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“If ever we needed evidence that the Government doesn’t know what it’s doing with public transport, this report supplies it.

“Taxpayers are asked to stump up half a billion dollars for a service that won’t improve things at all. In fact it will need improvement almost as soon as it is opened.

“And Ms Berejiklian is in the thick of it. This latest fiasco was her idea when she was Transport Minister. Just like the South East Light Rail was her idea – and that is now way over budget.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Michael Daley

“This Government thinks that its major strength is its infrastructure building, but every project is either over time or over budget, or, like this one, an unplanned mess.

“To make matters worse, everything is always a big secret with Gladys Berejiklian. She is building these projects with other people’s money, and she has an obligation to tell the truth.”