Mona Vale Road clearways

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime has decided to proceed with the installation of new and extended clearways on Mona Vale Road from Pymble to St Ives. We will continue to work with Ku-ring-gai Council to seek agreement on the improved parking solutions.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses and advise of the clearway implementation date. We intend to install the clearway by the end of the year.

Read the October 2016 Project Update (PDF, 497Kb) for more information.

Project background

Mona Vale Road is a key corridor on Sydney’s road network and is used by over 50,000 motorists every day.

When cars are parked in the kerbside lanes, motorists are forced to merge to two lanes of traffic. This causes delays and congestion.

We know installing clearways on roads where on-street parking obstructs the flow of traffic, can help ease congestion and improve travel times.

The Sydney Clearways Strategy identifies Mona Vale Road, from Pacific Highway, Pymble, to Kitchener Street, St Ives, as a priority project for the introduction of a clearway to manage congestion.

Community consultation

In March 2014, Roads and Maritime consulted with the community on a proposal to install clearways on this section of Mona Vale Road in both directions. The proposed hours were from 6am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm on weekdays, and 9am to 6pm on weekends.

Roads and Maritime prepared a community consultation report (April 2015) which provides a summary of comments and responses.

As a result of community and stakeholder feedback, we then revised our proposal to ensure a balance between local business parking needs and traffic flow.

In April 2015, we took this revised proposal to the community for further feedback. We have now prepared a community consultation report (October 2016) which summarises the matters raised and our response.

What are the hours of operation?

The new clearways will be in place:

  • Weekdays from 6am to 10am and from 3pm to 7pm
  • Weekends from 9am to 6pm with the exception of the section of Mona Vale Road southbound between Stanley Street and Rosedale Road which will operate from 2pm to 6pm only.

This has been implemented to support the morning and lunchtime trade of local businesses on weekends.

Alternative parking arrangements

We are continuing to work with Ku-ring-gai Council to seek agreement on the improved parking arrangements which could include:

  • Providing an additional 15 parking spaces at the council car park opposite Stanley Street to accommodate a total of 44 cars (subject to council agreement)
  • Installing signage to help customers find off-street parking
  • Implementing daily two hour parking restrictions on Porters Lane from 9am to 6pm (subject to council agreement)
  • Implementing one hour parking restrictions on Mona Vale Road northbound between Denley Lane and Memorial Avenue from 10am to 3pm on weekdays
  • Implementing one hour parking restrictions on Mona Vale Road southbound between Stanley Street and Rosedale Road from 10am to 3pm on weekdays and from 9am to 2pm on weekends
  • Implementing two hour parking restrictions on Mona Vale Road southbound between Rosedale Road and Porters Lane from 10am to 3pm on weekdays
  • Changing 12 spaces in the council car park eastern side of Mona Vale Road, and two spaces on Stanley Street to half hour parking (subject to council agreement).

Results of additional investigation work

Preliminary investigation work showed this section of Mona Vale Road fulfilled the criteria for further investigation of a clearway:

  • Directional traffic flows exceed 800 vehicles per hour per lane
  • Travel speeds are 30km/h or below during peak periods
  • The road is a strategic bus or freight transport corridor for moving people and goods
  • Alternative public parking close to local businesses can be found, taking into account the quantity and usage of business parking removed to extend or introduce a clearway.

Further investigations carried out in February 2016 found that:

  • Over 75 per cent of customers entering the businesses between Stanley Street and Rosedale Road already used off-street parking
  • Customers impacted by the loss of 11 business parking spaces could be directed to existing car parks and side streets
  • Bus dwell times are not expected to significantly impact the efficiency of the clearway operation.

Traffic modelling also confirmed that the proposed clearway would improve travel times for motorists during the clearway hours, particularly through the St Ives Shops.

What happens next?

We will continue to work with Ku-ring-gai Council to seek agreement on the improved parking solutions.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses and advise of the clearway implementation date. We intend to install the clearway by the end of the year.

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