Inner West Council mayor Darcy Byrne has called on Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to put more effort into preventing the return of traffic congestion at the newly built Rozelle Interchange.
“With a flood of traffic set to return tomorrow, we need Transport for NSW to do more than just empty out one bucket at a time,” Byrne says.
“Common sense measures that should be implemented right now include large scale signage directing commuters to the free tunnel connecting the Iron Cove Bridge to the ANZAC Bridge.
“The daily release of real time traffic data, which we’ve been calling for since the start of this traffic fiasco, should be agreed to and published by TfNSW right now.”
Byrne says that TfNSW should consider moving the interchange’s bus lane on Victoria Road to the outside lane.
“They should also write to all residents in affected areas explaining what mitigations have been implemented and providing advice on how to avoid the worst of the congestion,” Byrne says.
“I am worried that without more mitigations and common-sense improvements, we will once again see thousands of local residents locked in their suburbs and unable to get to work each morning.”
To go with this, Byrne also announced the formation of a Community Oversight Panel to provide independent scrutiny of the interchange’s traffic mitigations.
The panel will be comprised of Inner West Council residents who provide expertise in traffic management, public transport, construction and community engagement.