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Installation of Traffic Lights

Background

The section of Longueville Road between Little Street and Birdwood Avenue has been an ongoing cause for concern for Council and the wider community for a number of years with a high number of accidents and near misses for cars and pedestrians.

Official Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) crash data and North Shore Local Area Command reports show that there have been a total of 38 recorded accidents at the two intersections since January 2006.

Improving road safety in this location has therefore been one of Council’s highest priorities with Council staff undertaking comprehensive traffic studies to determine possible solutions. Upon reviewing these studies RMS formally advised Council in July 2013 to progress a scheme that comprises the following measures:-

  • Installation of traffic signals at the Birdwood Avenue intersection allowing all movements; and
  • Introduce a left-in, left-out arrangement at the Little Street intersection.

Council put the scheme on public exhibition between September and November 2013 with the results presented at the November 2013 Ordinary Council Meeting. At the meeting, Council resolved to progress the detailed design of the scheme.

Following approval of the traffic signal design plan by RMS in February 2014, Council resolved to construct the scheme at the March 2014 Ordinary Council Meeting.

Traffic Signals Now Operational

Pedestrian and motorist safety in Lane Cove has improved significantly following the lights becoming operational in November. 

The lights have provided a safer solution for pedestrians and cars accessing the town centre via Birdwood Avenue. This has resulted in some changes to the 261 and 265 bus routes and an alternate route to Lane Cove Aquatic Leisure Centre via Central Avenue.

Please contact Council’s Project Engineer on 9911 3562 or by email if you have any further queries.