Group adds voice to growing opposition to Bulli and Thirroul traffic changes

Traffic through Thirroul shopping centre (Picture: Save Thirroul Village) and inset Jon Linley.

CAMPAIGNERS for safer streets have added their voice to the growing opposition to proposed traffic changes at Thirroul and Bulli, including extended clearways on the Princes Highway.

Safe Street to School have submitted feedback opposing suggestions by Transport for NSW to remove parking.

Under the proposed changes, the NSW Government will extended clearways, and put in place one-way streets and traffic changes at key congestion intersections in an effort to relieve the bottle-necks on Lawrence Hargrave Drive and the Princes Highway through Bulli and Thirroul.

Spokesperson for Safe Streets to School, Jon Lindley says it is not pleasant to walk along footpaths with cars, buses and trucks “flying past just inches from the kerb”.

“Kerbside parking provides a buffer between people walking and loud and fast-moving cars,” Mr Lindley said.

“Many children walk or ride along the High Streets before and after school.”

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 also be removed from Lawrence Hargrave Drive through Thirroul shopping centre.

Parking would also 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 Lindley said the proposed changes may result in parents taking away their children’s license to walk or cycle to school, and thus increase congestion at peak times.

“Traffic congestion is best to be addressed with fewer people driving through these areas especially at peak times,” he said.

“More walking and cycling to school is an obvious part of the solution. Instead of attempting to fix the traffic by providing more lanes, we are making suggestions on how to fix the weakest links of the walking network so more families have the option to walk or cycle to school instead of adding to congestion.

“Pedestrian connectivity is only as good as the worst link –pedestrian priority crossings or lower speed limits for children to be able to cross streets like Point Street and Station Street are needed.”

 Read the group’s full submission here:

Also, community group, Save Thirroul Village have started a petition with almost 1500 signatures opposing the Transport for NSW proposal. See petition HERE.

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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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