Late night transport-only trial starts

Late night transport-only trial starts this weekend for Bayswater Road at Kings Cross

21 March 2014

A trial to allow access to public transport only on Bayswater Road starts this Saturday night.

The trial, to be held on the next three consecutive Saturday nights, aims to improve safety and accessibility for people leaving Kings Cross at night.

“The NSW Government is serious about improving safety at Kings Cross," a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.

“The trial closure of Bayswater Road to private vehicles to allow it to operate as a public transport-only zone will start on Saturday 22 March from 9pm to 6am.

“The trial aims to improve the flow of traffic through Kings Cross and reduce taxi and public transport passenger waiting times, helping people get home quickly and safely.

“Bayswater Road between Darlinghurst Road and Ward Avenue will be closed to private vehicles from 9pm to 6am on 22 and 29 March and 5 April.

“Access will be retained for taxis, buses, emergency vehicles and business and resident vehicles, with the Secure car park at 33 Bayswater Road to remain open to all vehicles.

“The trial is being carried out in a partnership between Roads and Maritime Services, Transport for NSW, the City of Sydney Council, NSW Police and the NSW Taxi Council.

The spokesperson said City of Sydney council has installed additional signage as per the condition of the trial.

“NSW Police will be stationed at both ends of the transport-only zone to manage access with special permits to be issued to those who regularly park in streets impacted by the closure.

“Council is also working to improve safety by expanding CCTV network and LED lighting upgrade to make a difference for the thousands of residents, workers and visitors travelling in the area to socialise, work or get home.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit:  8588 5999

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