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The new B-line bus service  seen by some as a step in the right direction to solving the Northern Beaches long-term transport woes, with improved travel times for fed-up commuters who line Pittwater Road during peak hour. But plans to provide approximately 1,000 new commuter Parking spaces along the line, including the construction of three commuter carparks in Manly Vale, Mona Vale and Brookvale, have raised concerns among residents that the influx of commuters could lead to traffic chaos.

 The State Government recently approved construction of a 150-space multi-deck carpark on the corner of Condamine Street and Kenneth Street in Manly vale, despite a "Say no to the B-Line carpark in Manly Vale petition" which garnered almost 200 signatures.

The State Government will knock down Casey’s Toys to build the new carpark, which will sit just 1.5 metres from one of the adjacent properties.

Manly Vale resident, Baz Brown, tells Peninsula Living the carpark will be in a "ridiculous” position, revealing the whole community is disappointed with the consultation process.

“My young bloke is nine and my daughter is four and it’s a shame to see a carpark put in that's not going to help them In any way, shape or form in the next 10 years,” he says. "There are already six carpacks in a 1km radius.”

 He says the traffic at the Intersection is already gridlocked during peak hour. “I just don't think they took into account any of the residents' submissions.”

Other concerns include noise, air and light pollution, pedestrian safety and the presence of night-time loiterers. Brown is also concerned that the carpark will be privatised, saying the B-line is not the long-term transport solution the area needs.

“The bus lane isn't wide enough for the buses to get past so they will get stuck half way up Warringah Road,” he adds. “In 1998, Baird said we needed something to go across to Seaforth and Neutral Bay or a tunnel, but we've still got the Spit Bridge which was built in 1952.

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