Intersection improvements on Georges River Road, Portland Street and Lees Avenue, Croydon Park

The NSW Government is funding this proposal as part of its $300 million Urban Roads Pinch Point Program, which aims to reduce congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s busiest corridors.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services sought feedback in June and July on proposed intersection improvements at Georges River Road, Portland Street and Lees Avenue in Croydon Park. A community consultation report (PDF, 1.04Mb) summarising the comments and responses was released in September 2018, including a community update (PDF, 171Kb) that was distributed to residents and key stakeholders.

After considering all responses, along with the proposal’s aims and design requirements, we will remove the left turn on red movements at the intersection and increase pedestrian protection by upgrading the traffic lights to have a red turn on left arrow.

We will be carrying out investigation work on Georges River Road, Portland Street and Lees Avenue, Croydon Park between Tuesday 18 September and Tuesday 18 December, 2018, weather permitting. Our night work hours will be from 8pm to 5am from Sunday to Friday.

Project background

Roads and Maritime Servicessought feedback in June and July 2018 on proposed intersection improvements at Georges River Road, Portland Street and Lees Avenue in Croydon Park.

A high number of vehicles currently use the intersection, resulting in congestion during the AM and PM peak periods. We are proposing to increase the number of lanes for motorists travelling north on Lees Avenue and restricting the right turn from Portland Street onto Georges River Road. These changes will decrease queuing and ease congestion by allowing more vehicles to travel through the intersection during each traffic light phase.

The proposed improvements included:

  • removing the existing concrete median and extending the parking restrictions on Lees Avenue to allow for dedicated left, through and right lanes for motorists travelling north, and one lane for motorists travelling south
  • re-assigning the lane usage on Portland Street to allow for dedicated through and left lanes for motorists travelling south
  • restricting the right turn from Portland Street onto Georges River Road to assist with traffic flow and improve safety at the intersection
  • modifying the existing traffic lights on the south west corner of the intersection to include a mast arm
  • adjusting the traffic light phasing to improve intersection efficiency.

Benefits

The proposed intersection improvements will:

  • reduce and improve the reliability of travel time, particularly during peak periods
  • ease congestion through the intersection
  • improve safety for pedestrians and road users.

Community Engagement

We collected community feedback on the project via email, mail and phone. We received feedback from 18 people with 11 people supporting the proposal, five people against the proposal and two people who did not state a preference.

Key matters raised within the engagement period included:

  • objections to restricting the right turn from Portland Street onto Georges River Road
  • the Left Turn on Red movements and resultant safety concerns for pedestrians
  • concern with extended parking restrictions.

After considering all responses, along with the proposal’s aims and design requirements, we will remove the left turn on red movements at the intersection and increase pedestrian protection by upgrading the traffic lights to have a red turn on left arrow.

We have summarised the feedback received and our responses in a community consultation report.

Next steps

We will be carrying out investigation work on Georges River Road, Portland Street and Lees Avenue, Croydon Park. We will be on site between Tuesday 18 September and Tuesday 18 December, 2018, weather permitting. Our night work hours will be from 8pm to 5am from Sunday to Friday.

We have considered all submissions received and will ensure the issues and concerns raised by the community are appropriately addressed throughout the next phase of this project.

We will continue to keep the community and stakeholders informed of the project’s progress.

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