The NSW Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, and his portfolio the Roads and Maritime Service (RMS), have really outdone themselves this time.

The RMS has released a 960 page report for public comment, titled Sydney City Centre Capacity Improvement Plan Review of Environmental Factors. It covers 17 road projects from Broadway to Macquarie St, and includes the complete removal of the College St cycleway without providing any alternative.

The report says the proposed works will ‘improve customer service’ but actually reduce footpath widths, remove trees, and take out cycle paths, bus priority lanes and pedestrian crossings.

The full report is available from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydney-inner/sydney-city-centre-access-strategy/capacity-improvement-plan/index.html . We have provided a PDF document you can view with details of the changes: http://goo.gl/diX7Jy

How to respond:

Comments are due by 9 January 2015 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We have provided some sample text to use in an email. You can copy the text and click ‘SEND’; or (better still) amend it to your words and key concerns.

Ideas for what to say in your response:

The proposed ‘traffic capacity improvements’ in the Sydney City Centre Capacity Improvement Plan are focused exclusively on increasedmovement of motor vehicles through the Sydney CBD.

I am very concerned about the proposed roadworks in the RMS report. Overall, the proposed changes will increase the volume and speed of vehicular traffic travelling through the Sydney CBD and around its fringe. This will endanger pedestrians and bicycle riders, induce demand for car travel in the central area, and eventually lead to greater congestion in the long term.

The proposal includes the complete removal of the College St cycleway, without providing any alternatives.

Other project areas that will reduce safety, convenience and amenity include:

1.       Wentworth Avenue - Reconfiguring lanes and removing parking to make seven lanes of moving traffic (project C1). This is more traffic lanes than the current M4 motorway, without improving pedestrian safety or amenity.

2.       College Street - Removing the entire segregated cycleway to make way for six lanes of moving traffic along the length of Hyde Park (project C2), without provided any safe alternative for bicycle riders or pedestrians.

3.       Macquarie Street - Reconfiguring lanes, removing parking, and removing footpath bump-outs and trees to create five lanes of moving traffic (project F1, F2) which will effectively make Macquarie St an on-ramp for the expressway.

4.       George Street next to Railway Square – reducing footpath widths and removing trees to make way for seven lanes of moving traffic (project S6).

5.       Ultimo Road intersection with Harris Street – removing a signalised pedestrian crossing (project S4) near the UTS and ABC buildings.

6.       Broadway heading toward Railway Square – removing a dedicated bus lane (project S5).

7.       York Street – removing the signalised pedestrian crossing outside the Grace Hotel (project R5).

8.       Market Street – between Clarence and York Streets – reducing footpath width (project R2).

There are more cost-effective alternatives that should be considered to reduce congestion. I request that:

1.       Consideration be given to reducing traffic flow through the CBD by reducing surface traffic lanes and reducing the tolls on the Cross City Tunnel and Eastern Distributor.

2.       Emphasis be given to improving the movement, safety and amenity of pedestrians, bicycle riders and public transport users in the CBD.

3.       Existing on-street car parking, loading bays and traffic lanes be reviewed for ‘higher and better uses’ such as wider footpaths, dedicated bus lanes, segregated bicycle lanes, share cars, and vegetation.


SAMPLE EMAIL: (use this to help create a response to the proposed changes)

TO: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CC: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SUBJECT : Sydney City Centre Capacity Improvement Plan Review of Environmental Factors (REF)

The proposed ‘traffic capacity improvements’ in the Sydney City Centre Capacity Improvement Plan are focused exclusively on increased movement of motor vehicles through the Sydney CBD.

I am very concerned about the proposed roadworks in the RMS report. Overall, the proposed changes will increase the volume and speed of vehicular traffic travelling through the Sydney CBD and around its fringe. This will endanger pedestrians and bicycle riders, induce demand for car travel in the central area, and eventually lead to greater congestion in the long term.

The proposal includes the complete removal of the College St cycleway, without providing any alternatives.

Other project areas that will reduce safety, convenience and amenity include:

1.       Wentworth Avenue - Reconfiguring lanes and removing parking to make seven lanes of moving traffic (project C1). This is more traffic lanes than the current M4 motorway, without improving pedestrian safety or amenity.

2.       College Street - Removing the entire segregated cycleway to make way for six lanes of moving traffic along the length of Hyde Park (project C2), without provided any safe alternative for bicycle riders or pedestrians.

3.       Macquarie Street - Reconfiguring lanes, removing parking, and removing footpath bump-outs and trees to create five lanes of moving traffic (project F1, F2) which will effectively make Macquarie St an on-ramp for the expressway.

4.       George Street next to Railway Square – reducing footpath widths and removing trees to make way for seven lanes of moving traffic (project S6).

5.       Ultimo Road intersection with Harris Street – removing a signalised pedestrian crossing (project S4) near the UTS and ABC buildings.

6.       Broadway heading toward Railway Square – removing a dedicated bus lane (project S5).

7.       York Street – removing the signalised pedestrian crossing outside the Grace Hotel (project R5).

8.       Market Street – between Clarence and York Streets – reducing footpath width (project R2).

There are more cost-effective alternatives that should be considered to reduce congestion. I request that:

1.       Consideration be given to reducing traffic flow through the CBD by reducing surface traffic lanes and reducing the tolls on the Cross City Tunnel and Eastern Distributor.

2.       Emphasis be given to improving the movement, safety and amenity of pedestrians, bicycle riders and public transport users in the CBD.

3.       Existing on-street car parking, loading bays and traffic lanes be reviewed for ‘higher and better uses’ such as wider footpaths, dedicated bus lanes, segregated bicycle lanes, share cars, and vegetation.

Yours sincerely,

[enter name, email and address]


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