Published On 14 December 2020 at 12:00 PM
In a bid to improve public transport safety and access for emergency services, Sutherland Shire Council is joining with Transport for NSW to progress key roadworks in Menai.
This will see the implementation of a ‘Bus Only’ lane and enforcement camera on the bridge between Carter Road and Australia Road, Menai, resulting in the removal of the existing remote-controlled gate.
Sutherland Shire Mayor Councillor Steve Simpson said the works will provide a welcome solution to public transport safety concerns in this region.
“We want to minimise any cause for disruption to emergency and public transport services, therefore by removing the existing gate and providing a designated, reserved link between these key roads for buses, emergency vehicles, bikes and pedestrians we believe this will improve road safety at this site while maintaining restricted access of private vehicles,” Mayor Simpson said.
“This will also allow flexibility in the event of an ordered emergency evacuation, while reducing the impact of traffic congestion and bus service redirection.”
The proposed road modifications are scheduled to proceed from Monday 14 December 2020 and will only permit buses and emergency vehicles responding to emergency events access via the bridge, as well as bikes and pedestrians via the designated areas. Drivers of unauthorised vehicles will be subject to fines and loss of demerit points, as is consistent with other designated bus lanes elsewhere across the city.
In order to minimise disturbance to public transport services, components of the works will occur at night and the full scope of works is anticipated to be completed by late January 2021.
In late 2019, Council engaged with the Greater Menai Traffic Working Party, which included local residents who responded to Council’s request for expressions of interest via Council’s ‘Join the Conversation’ platform, local businesses and Councillors to discuss local traffic concerns.
“We are grateful for the efforts of the working party in providing their valuable input and proposing solutions to make our community a safer place,” Mayor Simpson said.
The working party’s recommendations were endorsed by the Sutherland Traffic and Traffic Safety Committee, with Council approval following in March 2020.
Further information on this project can be viewed at sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/Carter-Road-and-Australia-Road-Menai