Hamilton North - Griffiths and Chatham Roads
Roads and Maritime Services is investigating options to improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Griffiths and Chatham roads.
Griffiths Road is used by more than 30,000 vehicles daily and is the major commuter and freight route connecting the M1 Pacific Motorway to the urban centre of Newcastle.
The intersection of Griffiths and Chatham Roads at Hamilton is an important entry point for residents, commuters and industry accessing the Newcastle showground, local businesses and parks.
Roads and Maritime is investigating options to improve facilities for pedestrians particularly during events at the showground.
Roads and Maritime Services sought comments from the community and stakeholders on the proposed project in December 2013 and November 2014. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to consider our proposal and provide feedback.
The initial intersection upgrade design that was provided to the community for comment in December 2013 included installing traffic lights, improving pedestrian facilities and widening Griffiths and Chatham roads to provide additional turning lanes and cycle paths. Traffic lights were proposed to improve safety at the intersection while maintaining full access for all movements. This proposal included maintaining access for trucks that were required to use the intersection to travel to and from the distribution facility on Chatham Road.
Following closure of the distribution facility in mid-2014 the proposal to install traffic lights was reconsidered based on the reduction of heavy fuel laden vehicles entering and exiting Chatham Road to access the distribution facility. Roads and Maritime revised the intersection design to remove the existing through and right turn traffic movements out of Chatham Road to improve safety at the intersection.
Community feedback relating to the revised design included concerns about potential increases in traffic volumes on Clyde Street, the potential for increased congestion at the Griffiths Road and Broadmeadow Road intersection and the detour distance that would result for local residents. Based on this feedback Roads and Maritime will not restrict traffic movements at the Griffiths Road and Chatham Road intersection. We will continue to monitor this intersection.
Roads and Maritime will notify the community of the outcomes of the current investigations in late 2017.