Anderson & Victoria

INTERSECTION OF ANDERSON ST, VICTORIA AVENUE AND CHATSWOOD MALL

Anderson

This intersection continues to be dangerous for pedestrians and problematic for buses and cars.

Pedestrian safety

Pedestrians waiting to cross Anderson St on the northern crossing at the side of the Westpac Bank are at risk of being struck by buses travelling west on Victoria Ave turning right into Anderson St. It looks like the temporary footpath barrier was installed incorrectly. Action: pedestrian barrier on Anderson St (west side) needs to be extended to the entrance of the Mall.

Pedestrians regularly cross against the pedestrian stop light on the southern Anderson St crossing: Action: requires regular policing.

Traffic regularly blocks the ‘scramble” type crossing elements at Victoria/Anderson/The Mall. This puts pedestrians legally using the crossing at risk of being struck by an illegally positioned vehicle if it moves. The situation is compounded as there is a non-pedestrian area within the intersection.

Actions:

  • Requires regular policing of vehicle movements.
  • Consideration also be given to making the entire intersection a scramble crossing (similar to Victoria/Archer).
  • Installation of ‘Do Not Block Intersection’ signs
  • Road surface markings (yellow hatched or Do Not Block Intersection markings)

Traffic flow issues

If traffic blocks the intersection, traffic travelling south in Anderson are blocked from crossing the intersection to continue south in Anderson. Similar problems for traffic travelling west in Victoria turning right into Anderson. Actions: the measures suggested above also address this issue.  

WESTFIELD PEDESTRIAN CROSSING IN ANDERSON

A significant contribution to the vehicles being trapped in the Victoria Ave/Anderson St intersection (heading south on Anderson Street) is due to this pedestrian crossing (between each side of Westfield).  If you look at the area on the weekend and on Thursday nights, there might be other times, it appears that a majority of activity at that crossing is pedestrian movements, which leaves the vehicles with few opportunities to proceed south towards Albert Ave, this in turn causes the traffic to bank back to the Victoria Ave/Anderson St intersection and vehicles to become trapped in the intersection when the lights are green (and they are still trapped there when the lights have gone red).

An investigation should be done to determine if this pedestrian crossing is a significant contribute to the problems of the Victoria Ave/Anderson St intersection.  If it is found that the pedestrian is causing problems, I would suggest a traffic management measure be put in place like traffic lights to bring the pedestrian and car sharing of the area back to 50/50 and the pedestrian lights can be syncronised with the Victoria Ave/Anderson Street traffic lights to enable cars heading south through that intersection have a place to move to. Action: Undertake investigation regarding installation of traffic lights,

RESTRICTING VEHICLES IN VICTORIA AVENUE BETWEEN ANDERSON AND ARCHER

There has been a suggestion that this segment of road be restricted to public transport (buses) and emergency vehicles only. There has not been a rationale given for the proposal. The major implications of this proposal would be the need to construct a ‘CBD Ring Road’ or ‘CBD By-pass Rout”. This could have major impact on residential street to the north of Victoria Ave.

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  1. We received the following swift response from Council’s traffic engineers:

    Thank you for raising the issues in Victoria Avenue and Anderson Street in Chatswood CBD. The Progress Association concerns and suggestions are noted. Investigation will be undertaken of the issues raised by the Progress Association. Consultation with Council’s Ranger Section will also be undertaken. If problems are identified, options will be considered, including the suggestions provided, and feasible, cost effective and acceptable proposals identified. Potential improvement proposals will be developed and community consultation undertaken to understand the level of community support. Where appropriate proposals will be considered by the Local Traffic Committee, Council approval sought and funding requested to implement any approved improvements.

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