Proposal status: closed 7 March 2019
Reference number: NOP1819-017
We're proposing changes in your area
We are proposing to introduce a clearway operating between 4pm and 6pm on weekdays on Grafton Road in Grafton. In addition to this, a minor re-alignment of the flush median and lane markings is proposed.
On-street parking availability at this section will reduce by 6 parks, 4pm to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Why the changes are needed
These changes are needed to improve access to, and utilisation of, the kerbside lane on approach to the Khyber Pass intersection. This is expected to reduce the extent of the queueing along Grafton Road towards Carlton Gore Road.
Additionally, the minor re-alignment of the flush median and lane markings is needed to increase the southbound central through lane width at the kink in the road directly adjacent to Burton Street.
This project will proceed without changes to the next stage of detailed planning. Thank you to everyone who submitted feedback. A summary of this feedback and answers to community questions and concerns is below.
- This proposal received positive responses from community members and stakeholders who supported improving access to, and utilisation of, the kerbside lane on approach to the Khyber Pass intersection.
- One respondent requested introducing broken yellow lines (No stopping at all times) as an alternative parking restriction to a clear way. No stopping at all times parking restrictions were considered, however a clearway was deemed more suitable. Both the on-street parking occupancy rates and observed congestion at this location, of which was most severe during weekday evening periods, indicated that a peak period clearway is more suitable than the permanent removal of on-street parking.
- Some respondents raised concerns about the proposals negative effect on the safety of cyclists, suggesting the road was not wide enough to support two lanes in both directions whilst also leaving enough space for cyclists. There are 2 existing southbound lanes and 1 northbound lane at the location of the proposed clearway (i.e. no additional lanes are proposed). The proposed clearway will ensure parked vehicles do not restrict southbound vehicles from accessing the existing kerbside lane. Under the existing arrangement, southbound cyclists must veer into the adjacent lane around parked vehicles that are parked on Grafton Rd where the clearway is proposed. This proposal will eliminate the need for this and therefore remove the potential for motor vehicle-cyclist conflict at this location.
- One respondent raised concerns about the effect this proposal will have on increasing cars idling in this area and thus increasing the pollution levels in an already congested site. The proposal aims to reduce the extent of queueing along Grafton Road during the evening commuter peak on weekdays. This is expected to reduce southbound delay along Grafton Rd.
We estimate that this work will be carried out by the end of June 2020, but we will let you know if there are further changes or delays.
Our contractors will send notices to affected residents 48-hours prior to construction starting.