Council is continuing looking at ways to improve pedestrian safety on streets within the CBD. However, a number of proposals being considered will have significant detrimental effect on residents surrounding the CBD.
The highest ranking proposal (Option 3 – rank 1) is to convert the eastbound traffic lane on Victoria Avenue to a bus lane (buses, taxis, motorcycles, bicycles allowed) between Anderson St and Archer St.
Such a proposal ha significant implication for West Ward drivers. This route is used by drivers exiting Fullers Rd and heading Chatswood Chase or Penshurst St (to reach the city) and the East Chatswood Industrial Area including access to Bunnings, Pet Barn, the Good Guys, Repco and North Shore Timber. If Victoria Ave east is closed to general traffic it is likely that drivers will create an ‘informal Northern Bypass Rd’ using the ‘flower’ streets, predominantly Daisy Street, trying to make both left and right turns. It should also be noted that the Council Officer’s report recommends against progressing consideration of a Northern ByPass Road around the CBD.
Option 12 – rank 23 also specifically impacts on Fullers Rd drivers. The proposal is to close eastbound movements from the Pacific Highway and Fullers Rd into Help Street. This means that only left or right turns onto the Highway would be allowed from Fullers Rd. This option is ranked toward the end of the list of options being considered.
Option 13 – rank 25 proposes to restrict Centennial Avenue to left in/left out only. However, there are two sub-options:
1. Make Oliver Rd two-way and provide a full movements intersection at the Highway and Oliver Rd. This option would mean that to make a right onto the Highway you would need first to make a right from Centennial Ave into Whitton Rd across traffic turning left from the Highway into Centennial Rd.
2. Create a one way loop: this would allow right turns from the Highway into Centennial Ave. Cars seeking to get onto the Highway would use Oliver and Whitton as above.
Option 13 ranks last in the Officer’s Report.
Options 14 & 15 rank 18 consider the creation of a CBD Northern Bypass Road. However these options are ranked quite low by the Council Officers.
There other proposals being considered. These include:
Option 2 rank 9: Reallocate turn lanes and provide a right turn lane in Endeavour St on the approach to Anderson St.
Option 4 – rank 7: Convert kerbside parking on the northern side of Victoria Avenue to a taxi zone.
Option 5 – rank 3: Ban the right turn from Endeavour St to Anderson Street (except for bus and taxi).
Option 6 – rank 9: Provide non-invasive fencing on the southern side of Victoria Avenue between Anderson St and Archer St.
Option 8 rank 7: Increase the length of the right turn lane from Albert Ave into Archer St.
Option 9 – rank 15: Change lane allocation and add right turning land from Albert Ave to Archer St (north).
Option 11 – rank 18: Widen the Archer St approach to Boundary St.
Option 16 – rank 2: Review and revise Transport Interchange Infrastructure.
There has been considerable community comments about the operation of the Transport Interchange. A review of operations as outlined is long overdue and supported. Our Local State Member who is also the Minister of Transport should be continually lobbied on this matter.
Option 17 – rank 17: Increase the length of the right turn lane from Albert Ave to Victor St (southbound).
Option 18 – rank 14: Widen the westbound Albert Avenue approach to the Pacific Highway,
This option is wholeheartedly supported. RMS needs to be continually lobbied for funding.
Option 20 – 12: Close Orchard Rd south of Albert Avenue.
This option would have significant impact on drivers heading for Centennial Avenue and Fullers Rd from Orchard Rd. Orchard Rs provides a key link from traffic progressing north from Artarmon or Willoughby Rd. If Orchard Rd was closed as proposed, traffic wanting to turn left onto Albert Avenue would need to turn right into Johnson, left into Victor than left into Albert. This would have the flow on impact of restricting traffic proceeding north in Victor St wishing to cross Albert.