Starkey Street pedestrian bridge, Forestville

The NSW Government is planning improvements at the Starkey Street and Warringah Road intersection at Forestville to improve traffic flow.

Starkey Street Pedestrian Bridge

The project

Roads and Maritime Services is preparing to remove the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights across Warringah Road at Starkey Street and install a new pedestrian bridge over Warringah Road east of Starkey Street.

The proposed Starkey Street Pedestrian Bridge would increase transport efficiency on Warringah Road through Forestville, minimise delays, allow for more effective road-based public transport and improve road safety.

What is happening now?

Roads and Maritime Services prepared a Review of Environmental Factors to examine the potential impacts of the Starkey Street Pedestrian Bridge project and outlined measures to reduce and manage the impacts.

The Review of Environmental Factors was displayed for community and stakeholder comment from Wednesday 10 June until Friday 26 June 2015. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to consider the proposal and provide feedback.

We received 36 submissions from the community and responses from Warringah Council and Forest Coach Lines. Of the 38 submissions received, 14 submissions stated their support, six submissions stated their objection and the remaining 18 submissions did not offer a direct position but raised matters or concerns.

The majority of the comments from the community related to:

  • Requests for ramps to be included as part of the bridge
  • Concerns about the servicing and maintenance of lifts
  • Concerns about the impact of the eastbound bus stop and shelter location and maintenance
  • Comments about the impact to traffic flow on side streets and access to Warringah Road
  • Concerns about the costs of the bridge when compared to the benefits it would provide
  • Comments about the visual appeal and design of the bridge
  • Comments about community safety
  • Comments about access to the adjacent ‘Northscape’ apartment building.

Roads and Maritime has considered the feedback received about the Starkey Street Pedestrian Bridge proposal. We have prepared a Submissions Report which provides a summary of the comments and our responses.

Review of the submissions has resulted in refinements to the project including:

  • The removal of the pedestrian fencing on the south-western corner of the intersection, in order to maintain delivery and emergency access to the ‘Northscape’ apartment complex
  • Relocation of the eastbound bus stop and shelter 10 metres to the west of the location shown in the Review of Environmental Factors
  • Mitigation measures such as changes to the rear fencing and adjacent verge strip between the property at 610 Warringah Road and the eastbound bus stop and shelter.

What are the key features?

The key features of the project include:

  • Installing a new pedestrian bridge over Warringah Road east of Starkey Street
  • Removing the existing pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights on the western side of the intersection of Warringah Road and Starkey Street
  • Relocating the existing eastbound bus stop on the northern side of Warringah Road from west of Starkey Street to east of Starkey Street near the proposed pedestrian bridge entry
  • Providing new pedestrian connections to the pedestrian bridge entry and bus stop
  • Altering the Starkey Street car park to accommodate the proposed new pedestrian bridge
  • Installing new pedestrian fencing in a number of locations
  • Relocating utilities
  • New landscaping and signage.

What are the benefits?

There is currently a very high demand for the pedestrian crossing at the traffic lights of Warringah Road at Starkey Street due to local buses, shops, community facilities and schools. More than 100 pedestrians per hour use the crossing in the morning peak period. The minimum time for pedestrians crossing is 30 seconds. The frequency and length of time the pedestrian crossing is used causes traffic delays and congestion on Warringah Road during peak periods. The benefits of the proposed pedestrian bridge would include:

  • Improving the efficiency of traffic flow along Warringah Road at Forestville, particularly westbound traffic in the morning peak and eastbound traffic in the evening peak
  • Reducing delays on Warringah Road in both the morning and evening peak
  • Supporting improvements to road-based public transport on Warringah Road by improving traffic capacity
  • Improving safety, by separating pedestrians from a busy main road
  • Improving transport access by aligning bus stops with the proposed pedestrian bridge
  • Providing urban design improvements around the bridge.

What would the pedestrian bridge include?

The bridge would use Roads and Maritime’s standard pedestrian bridge design which is a tied arch design supported by lift shafts which have a glazed front for security. The tied arch has been selected because it has a simple and elegant form, and reduces the height of the lifts and stairs. The stairwell/lift structure reduces the bridge footprint, capital cost and physical and visual impact. The key features of the proposed pedestrian bridge would also include:

  • Lifts that can accommodate up to 15 passengers, as well as scooters, bicycles and prams
  • A roof over the bridge span to protect users from the elements
  • Safety fencing and throw screens
  • Open ends on the bridge deck to allow district views
  • A set of curved stairs and a lift on both sides
  • Reinstating the pedestrian paths leading to and around the bridge access points and nearby bus stops
  • Bicycle parking facilities.

Next steps

Roads and Maritime has determined the Review of Environmental Factors and decided to proceed to the detailed design phase of the project.

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