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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : December 17th 2008
2 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, December 18, 2008 MB NEWS www.innerwestweekly.com.au New bridge headache MARIE SANSOM Is the impact on residents too much? Tell us at www.innerwestweekly.com.au DAMNING reports on the RTA's plan to upgrade Victoria Rd and build a second Iron Cove Bridge have found Inner West residents will suffer two years of noisy construction and face more danger on the roads for little improvement. A social impact study by Australia Street Company, com- missioned by Leichhardt Coun- cil, said some residents would suffer noise, including heavy vehicles waking them at 4.30am, for up to 90 days during the two years. ''Protracted experience of noise and vibration is a form of harassment,'' the report added. In another council-commiss- ioned report, the ARUP de- signers and consultants' en- vironmental assessment called the plans ''counter-intuitive'' delivering benefits ''marginally below break-even''. ''The need for a new four-lane bridge is not proven,'' it said. ARUP said the changes could attract more cars which may get trapped in existing bottlenecks along Victoria Rd. It said pedestrians would be closer to speeding traffic after a median strip and kerbside park- ing were removed. Removing four bus stops, which is also in the RTA pro- posal, meant commuters walked further and were ''more exposed to the risk of accident and injury as a result''. RTA traffic modelling had ignored the impact on side streets, said the study, which projected a 30 per cent increase in delays for cars and buses in side streets if the project went ahead. ARUP found cheaper, easier ways to cut bus travel times and reduce traffic. They suggest a single east- bound bus-only lane bridge to the east of the current bridge and converting the existing T3 lane to a bus lane. Another option was increas- ing the frequency of ferry ser- vices. The RTA has consistently claimed the $156 million up- grade would reduce bus times by 18 minutes. Editor: Robyn Ainsworth Manager: Ben Payne Office: 181 First Ave, Five Dock, 2046 Phone: 9018 3592 Fax: 9018 3531 Deliveries: 9689 5498 Classifieds: 13 19 79 Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org Circulation: 52,892 (CAB Apr 2008 -- Sept 2008) Readership: 69,000 (Roy Morgan Readership Survey, Oct 2006 -- Sept 2008) Your recycling of the Inner- West Weekly helps make Australia the world leader in newspaper recycling. More than 74.5% of Australia's newspapers are re-used. your guide Inner -West Weekly Water 63.4% ---------------------------- Every week we meet a local business owner. To learn more about local businesses, go to www.truelocal.com.au BRAD GREENTREE, owner Pro Dive, Drummoyne Q. Have you ever come across a shark while scuba diving? A. We see sharks, of course, but it isn't scary because they are beautiful creatures. The biggest I've seen was about 3m. Q. What are people who haven't scuba dived missing out on? A. The wonders of underworld. There is so much tranquillity. Q. What are people's major fears before diving? A. They get scared of the depth and not being able to see the bottom because it's too dark or seeing a shark, but once they do it they have a different perception. YOUR LOCAL The Inner-West Weekly circulates in Abbotsford, Ashbury, Ashfield, Birkenhead, Burwood, Cabarita, Canada Bay, Concord West, Concord, Croydon, Croydon Park, Dobroyd, Drummoyne, Enfield, Five Dock, Haberfield, Homebush, Liberty Grove, Mortlake, Newington, Rhodes, Rodd Point, Russell Lea, Strathfield, Summer Hill, Olympic Park. Printed and published by Cumberland Newspaper Group, a division of Nationwide News Pty Ltd. ABN 98 008 438 828 (incl ACT). 142 Macquarie St, Parramatta. NSW 2150 40 43 37 Index 8 Police Beat 22 One Degree 23 Kooka Kids Club 25 Opinion 33 Alive 36 What'sOn 38 Home Living 47 TV guide 46 Sport Today Showers. Storm. Top Temp: 24C Friday Fine. Top Temp: 22C Saturday Chance Shower. Top Temp: 22C Sunday Chance Shower. Top Temp: 23C SALE PRE XMAS 8765 0786 GO SPORT RHODES 1 RIDER BOULEVARD, RHODES RHODES 2009863i iww wk25 PHAT FARM 30 were $150 save $120 ASICS GEL 1130 w 100 were $170 save $70 ASICS GEL 2130 w 140 were $200 save $60 ASICS KAYANO w 160 were $260 save $100 NRL BEACH TOWEL $30 CHAMPION CAPS 10 were $30 CONVERSE ALL STARS 40 were $70 NRL JERSEYS/POLOS 40% off KIDS FOOTBALL/ SOCCER BOOTS from $30 LONSDALE BAGS 25 were $50 MENS FOOTBALL/ SOCCER BOOTS from $50 MINI CRICKET SET $30 NIKE ADIDAS SOCCER BALLS from $25 NRL FOOTBALLS from $15 NRL THONGS two pair $25 LONSDALE SHOES w 70 were $140 save $70
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