Action for Public Transport (N.S.W.) Inc.
|A2MP Connectivity Upgrade||P O Box K606|
|Roads & Maritime Services||Haymarket NSW 1240|
|Transport for NSW||7 July 2017|
|P.O. Box 973|
|Parramatta CBD NSW 2124|
Action for Public Transport (NSW) is a transport advocacy group active in Sydney since 1974. We promote the interests of beneficiaries of public transport; both passengers, and the wider community. We make this submission on community updates issued recently on proposed changes at the intersection of Anzac Parade, Alison Road and Dacey Avenue.
APTNSW is concerned that works proposed by NSW Roads & Maritime Services for the Alison/Anzac/Dacey intersection do not provide adequately for the light rail services set to commence in 2019, nor indeed for bus services. Traffic at this intersection is already at levels where peak-hour buses carrying perhaps 70 passengers are chronically delayed. Ironically, most of the delay is caused by excessive numbers of single-occupant cars.
Even after light rail services commence, some peak-hour bus services will still be required. And the frequency of light rail services will need to increase as the population of the Randwick LGA increases. All these services must be provided for and given priority over cars.
The additional burden of Westconnex traffic is expected to worsen the situation; RMS proposes to address the issue by enlarging the intersection to provide "continuous flow" for road vehicles. The current plans do not show any advantage for light rail. The design of the intersection is also hostile to pedestrian movement and will create a barrier to pedestrians trying to move about the area safely and comfortably. It is unacceptable that people crossing Anzac Parade north of Dacey Avenue need to press four lots of buttons and follow a zigzag path across a road with many lanes in which the direction of traffic flow alternates.
We press for amending the plans to provide priority for light rail. This would be grade-separated - i.e. a light rail flyover or tunnel. The scale and design of the intersection also needs to be addressed to make pedestrian movement easier and safer.