Have a say on proposed pedestrian improvements along University Drive at Waratah West

6 February 2018

The community is invited to provide feedback on a proposal to improve pedestrian connectivity and safety on University Drive at Waratah West.

The NSW Government has allocated $100,000 to build the proposed pedestrian refuge on University Drive, east of Delauret Square to help pedestrians safely cross the road and access bus stops in this area.

“The refuge will improve safety by allowing pedestrians to cross one direction of traffic at a time,” a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said.
“The proposal also involves installing concrete ramps and footpaths to improve access to the pedestrian refuge and bus stops.

“The loss of parking has been reduced where possible but the new pedestrian refuge will still result in a loss of eight westbound and nine eastbound on-street parking spaces on University Drive to ensure sight distance to the pedestrian refuge is sufficient.

“The removal of parking will also provide buses with more space to exit the travel lane as they approach the westbound bus stop.”

The spokesperson said this will ensure buses are completed out of the travel lane when stopped at the bus stop.

The community is encouraged provide feedback before Friday 16 February by writing to Roads and Maritime Services Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.

“All feedback received will be taken into consideration with work expected to start mid-this year, weather permitting,” the spokesperson said.

“The community will continue to be kept updated as the proposed project progresses.”

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