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Extended clearways and traffic changes planned to relieve Bulli and Thirroul congestion

Traffic congestion on the Princes Highway, Slacky Flat, Bulli.

EXTENDED clearways, one-way streets and traffic changes at key congestion intersections are measures under consideration by Transport for NSW to relieve the bottle-necks through Bulli and Thirroul.

Residents are asked to comment on a number of proposals under consideration to relieve the increasing congestion. Under the preferred option, a northbound clearway would be in force weekdays through Bulli shopping centre from 6.30am to 9.30am, and southbound weekdays from 3pm to 6pm, and Saturdays 11am to 1pm.

Parking would be removed from Park Road, and the southern end of Railway Street will become one-way southbound. Angle parking would be provided on Railway and Station Streets to compensate for the loss of parking on the highway.

At Thirroul the preferred option is a number of intersection and traffic changes at key congestion points along Lawrence Hargrave Drive to create one continuous lane of travel. The changes would allow transport users to travel continuously without being temporarily stopped behind cars turning right off Lawrence Hargrave Drive.

This option includes changes to existing on-street car parking and intersections to allow traffic to flow continuously through the town centre as well as the potential construction of a right turn lane at Station Street.

State MP for Heathcote, Lee Evans said residents can visit a digital engagement room to find out about proposed traffic changes at Bulli and Thirroul as part of an innovative community consultation process.

Mr Evans said Transport for NSW has been developing options to improve the traffic efficiency and reliability of the Princes Highway at Bulli and Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Thirroul.

“The proposal for Bulli is made up of a number of changes including extending existing clearway hours, changes to right turns at intersections, and increasing the number of parking spaces in the area,” Mr Evans said.

“Two options have been designed for Thirroul – one is focused on delivering a continuous through lane of traffic, while the other includes the introduction of clearways in peak periods on weekdays.

“While they work in different ways, both options will help ease congestion and provide improvements in safety and traffic flow, so we would like to encourage the community to have their say about their preferred approach.”

Mr Evans said the proposals aim to ease congestion and create more reliable journeys through Bulli and Thirroul while ensuring the look and feel of the townships is maintained.

“The Princes Highway at Bulli and Lawrence Hargrave Drive at Thirroul provide key travel routes between Wollongong, its northern suburbs and Sydney,” Mr Evans said.

“This area is becoming extremely popular as a place to live, work and visit, so these town centres are experiencing increased road traffic and demand for access.

“Transport for NSW has developed a number of proposals to improve safety, boost traffic flow and ease congestion following feedback from businesses, community members, key stakeholders and visitors during community consultation in late 2019.”

Mr Evans said the community can visit the digital engagement room to provide feedback about the proposals for Bulli and Thirroul by going to nswroads.work/bullithirroul or by scanning the QR code.

“The digital engagement room is a very exciting initiative, as it allows members of the community to immerse themselves in the proposals and fully understand what is on the table,” Mr Evans said.

“Visitors can read proposals, watch videos and animations, and view displays including illustrations, maps and posters.

“Transport for NSW prides itself on using technology to better connect with communities and this is a great example how we can provide more options for engagement.”

Feedback can be given anytime between now and 5pm Friday July 9 at the Transport for NSW website.


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