Traffic Management Plan proposed for Parramatta Road

The NSW road lobby group presented a plan this week
with the aim of turning Parramatta Road – one of Sydney’s most congested roads
– into a public transport corridor. The plan, developed by the NRMA and one of
Australia’s leading urban planners, Ed Blakely, wants to remove most of the
traffic and put it underground in an 9.5 kilometre tunnel between Concord and
the city.

The road would be transformed into a boulevard of
transit-oriented development, lined with medium density housing and shops and
cafes; and would include two lanes for light rail along the middle, a cycleway
and two lanes for slower-moving local traffic.

Motorway experts welcomed the plan to reduce traffic
on Parramatta Road but consider that the increased traffic on M4 East would
result in further congestion for the Anzac Bridge at Rozelle, which is already
close to capacity.
In its metro strategy, the
NSW government has indicated that Parramatta Road is to be ”considered as part
of any planning of an extension of the M4 motorway to reduce congestion and
strengthen connections between western Sydney, Sydney CBD and Port Botany”.

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