Pedestrian improvements on Wallarah Road, Gorokan

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to carry out pedestrian safety improvements on Wallarah Road between Nichols Avenue and Hill Street at Gorokan.

Updates and announcements

Comments on the proposed pedestrian improvements on Wallarah Road at Gorokan closed on Friday 11 August 2017.

Roads and Maritime will consider the feedback received to progress the design. The community will be kept informed as the project progresses.

Project background

In the five years to June 2016 there were 20 crashes on Wallarah Road between Nichols Avenue and Hill Street, including one fatal crash and 11 injury crashes. Four crashes, including the fatality, involved a pedestrian.

The NSW Government has provided $210,000 funding in 2017-18 to improve safety for road users and pedestrians on Wallarah Road.

Roads and Maritime has prepared a proposal to build new pedestrian facilities and upgrade existing facilities to improve safety in the high pedestrian activity area on Wallarah Road. 

A speed survey was carried out as part of the investigations for this project. The survey showed 58 per cent of motorists travelling along Wallarah Road, between Beryl Street and Valencia Street exceeded the current 50km/h speed limit during the survey.

Pedestrian counts were also carried out on Wallarah Road to determine where new pedestrian facilities would be most effective. Roads and Maritime conducted pedestrian counts on a typical weekday and found that between Hay Street and Beryl Street there were more than 130 pedestrian crossing movements during the AM peak period and 160 pedestrian crossing movements during the PM peak period.

Key features

The proposal includes:

  • Introducing a 40km/h high pedestrian activity speed zone between Nichols Avenue and Valencia Street, to better manage vehicle speed in the main business area. New signage and concrete kerb extensions will be installed at each end of the speed zone
  • Installing a new raised pedestrian crossing on Wallarah Road west of Beryl Street and upgrading lighting to provide a safer location for pedestrians to cross the road
  • Upgrading the existing pedestrian refuge between Hay Street and Beryl Street, including construction of concrete kerb extensions to reduce the crossing distance and allow pedestrians to cross one traffic lane at a time
  • Building a new concrete pedestrian refuge near Taloma Street, including construction of kerb extensions which will better channel traffic past the nearby bus stops and allow pedestrians to cross one traffic lane at a time
  • Adjusting the traffic lights to provide longer protected crosswalk time for pedestrians.

The installation of the pedestrian crossing and pedestrian refuges will result in a loss of about 11 on-street parking spaces on Wallarah Road, seven of these between Hay Street and Beryl Street. Some loss of parking is necessary to ensure the crossing facilities have adequate sight distance. Where possible, we have utilised existing no stopping zones and bus zones to minimise the impact to parking.

To view the proposal, download the July 2017 project notification.

Next steps

Upcoming planning activities include:

  • Community and stakeholder consultation
  • Finalise the design.
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