Roads and Maritime Services and local government reviewed impacts on local residential streets following the opening of the Lane Cove Tunnel.
Roads and Maritime Services and councils consulted the community to develop plans that:
- Make drivers aware that they are entering a residential area
- Make residential streets a less desirable through route by reducing road width and slowing traffic
- Improve safety for pedestrians by narrowing the road width to make crossing easier.
As part of the process, Roads and Maritime was required to prepare local area traffic management plans prior to opening the Lane Cove Tunnel. As part of this plan, Roads and Maritime Services undertook before and after traffic counts on local streets located in the local government areas of North Sydney, Lane Cove, Willoughby and Ryde. This was to determine if the operation of the Lane Cove Tunnel caused changes in traffic volumes and driver behaviour in local residential streets.
After considering community comments, Roads and Maritime finalised the plans and in consultation with local councils, submitted them to the Director General of the Department of Planning for approval.
Many of the increases in traffic volumes that were predicted in the Lane Cove Tunnel Environmental Impact Statement (October 2001), did not occur. In many instances, traffic volumes were reported as similar to, or less than, the 'before' counts taken in the same period in 2004.
Falcon Street pedestrian and cyclist improvements
Roads and Maritime initiated the Falcon Street pedestrian and cyclist facilities project in response to submissions from the North Sydney Council and Cammeray and Neutral Bay community groups calling for improved safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists crossing the Warringah Freeway near Falcon Street.
The facilities were completed in August 2009 and include:
- A shared pedestrian/cycle bridge, 220 metres long and three metres wide, over the Warringah Freeway between Falcon Street, North Sydney and Merlin Street, Neutral Bay
- An underpass at the eastern side of the Warringah Freeway
- A shared ramp at the eastern side of the existing Ridge Street pedestrian bridge for cycles, wheelchairs and prams.