Road space will be re-allocated to prioritise bus commuters, pedestrians and bike riders along two major Inner West roads, slashing commute times and creating more opportunities for local businesses.
The new vision for Parramatta and Victoria roads is only possible thanks to the Liberals and Nationals Government’s record investment in underground motorways.
Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport Rob Stokes said the new plans show how both roads will be reimagined in the short, medium and long-term with revitalised high streets, opportunities for affordable housing and more tree canopy.
“Our record investment in underground motorways like WestConnex and the Western Harbour Tunnel will result in fewer cars above ground on Victoria and Parramatta Roads, meaning they can be reimagined as places for people,” Mr Stokes said.
“Successive Labor Governments allowed the health of these roads to deteriorate, becoming clogged arteries in the city’s road network, dreaded by motorists and avoided by pedestrians
“This is a golden opportunity to restore these roads to their former glory as the beating hearts of their community, with more alfresco dining, more opportunities for affordable housing and greater priority for public and active transport.”
The new vision includes:
· Extension of Victoria Road bus lanes in Rozelle, Drummoyne, Gladesville, Ermington and Melrose Park.
· New bus and transit lanes along Parramatta Road in Leichhardt and Ashfield.
· Greater priority for buses at traffic lights.
· Additional space for Victoria Road pedestrians and bike riders following completion of Western Harbour tunnel.
· Investigations into opportunities for wider footpaths and safer bike lanes.
Short term work to improve bus lanes on Parramatta Road and Victoria Road are funded under the Bus Priority Infrastructure Program and will commence in 2023. The medium term and long term visions are subject to a final business case to be completed in the future.