Consultation over traffic changes should be placed on ‘pause’ during lockdown, says Park

THE consultation period for the NSW Government’s controversial traffic changes at Bulli and Thirroul should by placed on pause during the Covid-19 lockdown, says State MP for Keira, Ryan Park.

The 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 and businesses are asked to comment on a number of proposals under consideration to relieve the increasing road 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. See the proposals at The Bulli & Clifton Times’ story: Extended clearways and traffic changes planned to relieve Bulli and Thirroul congestion

Mr Park said he has written to the NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance once again requesting a pause in the consultation process for the proposed changes to ensure the lockdown doesn’t prevent face to face discussion and to enable small business owners impacted heavily by the current restrictions time to focus on their business and keeping their doors open.

“This is an important project and I want to make sure locals have enough time to meet with representatives, walk through the changes and have local small business owners raise some of their important concerns,” he said.

“Now is not the time where thorough and in depth consultation can occur and I have asked the Minister to put a pause on the project whilst we are going through these very challenging circumstances.”

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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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