Safety improvements for Cleveland St, Surry Hills

Transport for NSW is making safety improvements to Cleveland Street, between City Road, Camperdown and Anzac Parade, Moore Park. This improvement is part of wider safety upgrades being rolled out by Transport across the state.

The speed limit will be reduced to 40km/h along Cleveland Street, between City Road and
Anzac Parade.

Left turn arrows will be added to five sets of traffic lights between Bourke Street and Elizabeth Street. The upgraded lights will be rearranged so red arrows hold vehicles in place as pedestrians cross the street.

“Investigations carried out by Transport show there were 217 reported accidents, resulting in 42 serious injuries and one fatality on Cleveland Street between 2014 and 2019. Around 12 per cent can be attributed to motorists turning right and over 30 per cent were rear end crashes.

The number of vehicles travelling on this section of Cleveland Street has reached a daily average of over 49,000.

Removing right turns and lowering the speed limit are the most effective ways to improve safety for all road users including pedestrians.

Our upgrades will help to encourage active transport users to walk or cycle to their local restaurants, cafes or the many other local shopping experiences”

View the project details at RMS: Cleveland St Surry Hills Safety Improvements, and then complete the survey. Closes 4 Mar 2021.

Some possible key points for consideration:

  • Introduction of 40 kph speed zoning to slow traffic is very welcome
  • Concerns that the project details lack information on:
    • a representative design for the altered intersections and the pedestrian crossings
    • the additional traffic circulation imposed on many of the local street; or/and
    • whether Transport for NSW will be funding the redesign and all the landscaping and
      traffic calming works required for those affected local streets.
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