Old Princes Highway, The Grand Parade, Linden Street, The River Road and Bangor Bypass, from Acacia Road, Kirrawee to New Illawarra Road, Menai

The NSW Government is funding this clearways project as part of the $121 million Clearways Program, which aims to reduce congestion and delays on Sydney’s roads.

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime sought feedback from the community and stakeholders on new and extended clearways along Old Princes Highway, The Grand Parade, Linden Street, The River Road and Bangor Bypass, from Acacia Road, Kirrawee to New Illawarra Road, Menai in May, June and July. View or download the community consultation report (PDF, 1.6Mb) summarising the feedback and responses, including a community notification (PDF,2.34Mb) that was distributed to residents.

Background

On Monday 27 July 2015, Roads and Maritime Services introduced new and extended clearways on Princes Highway, from King Georges Road, Blakehurst, to President Avenue, Kirrawee. We are now proposing new and extended clearways on Old Princes Highway, The Grand Parade, Linden Street, River Road and Bangor Bypass, from Acacia Road, Kirrawee to New Illawarra Road, Menai.

Installing new and extended clearways along main arterial routes such as the Bangor Bypass/Old Princes Highway corridor will ensure the full capacity of existing road assets are available for motorists when the road is near capacity and that broken down and abandoned vehicles can be promptly removed from the road, maintaining the flow of traffic along the corridor and safety for all road users.

The proposed clearways will help to provide more reliable travel times for motorists and maximise the benefits of proposed Gateway to the South pinch point improvements along the Princes Highway.

Sydney’s Clearways Strategy

The NSW Government has committed $121 million to installing new clearways on Sydney’s road network. Since 2013, we’ve installed over 170 kilometres of new clearways across some of Sydney’s busiest corridors and we are continuing to investigate new weekday and weekend clearways across the network.

Project

Roads and Maritime consulted on a proposal to install new and extended clearways to operate in both directions on:

  • weekdays from 6am to 10am and 3pm to 7pm
  • weekends and public holidays from 9am to 6pm.

The weekday clearway hours are consistent with the weekday clearway hours that have recently been installed on Princes Highway, north-east of this proposal, to minimise confusion for motorists.

As a result of community feedback, we will extend the hours of operation on Linden Street, River Road and Bangor Bypass from the intersection of The Grand Parade, Sutherland, to New Illawarra Road, Menai.

These changes will improve consistency along this length of road where parking is not currently permitted. Revised hours for this section will be:

  • weekdays from 6am to 7pm (including the inter-peak period)
  • weekends and public holidays from 9am to 6pm (no change)

Existing parking restrictions along the corridor will continue to operate outside of the new and extended clearway times.

Alternative parking arrangements

The proposal would impact 17 parking spaces between Glencoe Street and Auburn Street during peak periods. Parking studies identified that there was sufficient capacity in the adjacent side streets to accommodate the demand for parking removed from the Old Princes Highway. The indented parking spaces between the Princes Highway and Auburn Street and near Vermont Street would not be impacted by this proposal.

Benefits of the project

New and extended clearways would help to protect traffic flow and reduce delays by allowing us to tow vehicles that stop illegally or break down. The clearways will ensure all lanes are available to traffic when the road is near capacity on weekdays, weekends and public holidays

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime sought feedback on proposed new and extended clearways along Old Princes Highway, The Grand Parade, Linden Street, The River Road and Bangor Bypass, from Acacia Road, Kirrawee to New Illawarra Road, Menai in May, June and July.

Community information sessions were held in three locations in the local area during consultation, providing one-on-one time with the project team.

An online tool was also available for the community to provide feedback on the projects via an interactive map.

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