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Bulli businesses brace ahead of extended clearways

AS the Memorial Drive roundabout nears completion, businesses in the Bulli shopping centre are bracing for the next phase of the Transport for NSW project, which includes extended clearways along the Princes Highway.

The clearways will be in operation northbound through the shopping centre weekdays 6.30am to 9.30am, and southbound weekdays 3pm to 6pm. A clearway will be in operation southbound on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm.

Bulli business owners have slammed the proposal, saying the clearways will impact trade.

A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the work would include delivering the promised parking upgrades on Railway and Station Streets and clearway extensions, with construction estimated to start in mid-2023.

“All parking impacted by the extension of clearway times will be offset with permanent spots and these changes will result in a minimum increase of 15 parking spaces during peak travel times,” the Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

“New parking spaces and carpark upgrades will be provided on Railway and Station Streets.

“Once those parking offsets are in place, the extended hours on existing clearways will be introduced between Station Street and Park Road.”

The Transport for NSW spokesperson said changes have been made to the original proposal for a one-way arrangement at Railway Street in response to community feedback on the impact that would have for businesses.

“Two-way traffic flow will be retained on Railway Street and Station Street and within the train station car park to improve access to buses and trains,” the spokesperson said.

“Access to Station Street will now be left turn in and out only.”

The Transport for NSW spokesperson said further investigations are being carried out in response to feedback calling for improved access to the surrounding shared paths.

“We are now looking into options for an additional raised pedestrian crossing on Park Road,” the spokesperson said.

Temporary traffic changes during work hours will include reduced speed limits and lane closures. The spokesperson said the community will be notified in advance of this work.

Work to add an additional left turn lane from the roundabout at the intersection of the Princes Highway and Memorial Drive started in February 2022 and is expected to be completed in December 2022. For more information on the Bulli Traffic improvements visit nswroads.work/bullithirroul


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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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