New clearway to improve traffic flow on Princes Highway at Blakehurst

22 July 2015

The next clearway in the NSW Government’s congestion busting strategy starts operation this month on the Princes Highway between King Georges Road at Blakehurst and President Avenue at Kirrawee.

“The NSW Government has committed $21 million to investigate and implement clearways across the road network as part of the broader strategy to get Sydney moving,” a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.

“The Princes Highway clearway from Blakehurst to Kirrawee aims to maximise use of existing road space, increase traffic flow on one of Sydney’s major arterial roads and reduce travel times to get people moving faster.

“The new clearway will operate in both directions on weekdays between 6am and 10am and 3pm and 7pm and on weekends between 10am and 7pm.

“New clearway signage would be installed to advise motorists of the changed traffic conditions which will be in effect from 6am on Monday 27 July.

“The NSW Government has allocated $21 million to help councils identify and secure alternative parking across all proposed clearways across four years.

“Roads and Maritime Services has worked closely with Kogarah City Council to provide customers of nearby businesses with alternative short term parking during clearway hours.

“New one hour parking spaces are in place on James Street between the Princes Highway and Stuart Lane and Stuart Lane car park, 10 additional parking spaces have been provided in the Blake Avenue car park and improved spaces at the Church Street and Water Street car park at Blakehurst.

“The new clearway aimed to provide similar benefits to the weekend clearway introduced on Victoria Road at Rozelle.

“Since a weekend clearway was introduced at Rozelle last year, travel times between The Crescent and Iron Cove Bridge have been reduced by up to 40 per cent,” the spokesperson said.

Roads and Maritime Services will carry out night work to install new signs and line marking on the Princes Highway from Friday 24 July to Sunday 26 July between 7pm and 5am, weather permitting.

Motorists are reminded vehicles left on a clearway risk being towed and fined. To report a vehicle parked in a clearway call the Transport Management Centre on 131 700.

The community is invited to nominate new clearways by visiting www.transport.nsw.gov.au/clearways.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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