Light rail parking recovery

The State Government is currently constructing light rail in Randwick City. While light rail will bring many long-term benefits, it will also result in the removal of an estimated 700-750 onstreet parking spaces. These are parking spaces used by local residents and shoppers.

To help reduce the parking loss, Randwick City Council is implementing a light rail support plan which is about creating more parking and also changing existing parking time limits to better assist residents and businesses.

Parking time limit changes

Construction on the light rail project is proceeding along Anzac Parade. This work will result in the permanent loss of Anzac Parade parking from Kensington to Kingsford.

To help manage parking demand fairly to meet the needs of businesses and residents, Randwick City Council is implementing changes in the following streets:

Parking recovery plan

Council is increasing parking near the light rail by changing parking from parallel to angle parking. This will increase parking supply.

We have identified 21 streets where it's possible to create more than 400 new onstreet parking spaces. $10.5M has been allocated to the Parking Recovery Plan which is part of Council's broader Light Rail Support Plan.

We are planning to implement the parking changes at the same times as the light rail construction to minimise the parking loss.

We are progressively writing to nearby residents and property owners to inform you of the proposed changes and to invite you to view the plans.

UPCOMING PARKING RECOVERY PLANS

CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW:

  • Abbotford St Kensington
  • Wallace St, Kingsford
  • See St, Kingsford
  • Ascot St, Kensington
  • Coogee Bay Rd, Randwick


TRIAL PARKING RECOVERY (on trial until March 2017):

Kensington Streets
[view consultation summary]

COMPLETED PARKING RECOVERY PROPOSALS:

The State Government is currently constructing light rail in Randwick City. While light rail will bring many long-term benefits, it will also result in the removal of an estimated 700-750 onstreet parking spaces. These are parking spaces used by local residents and shoppers.

To help reduce the parking loss, Randwick City Council is implementing a light rail support plan which is about creating more parking and also changing existing parking time limits to better assist residents and businesses.

Parking time limit changes

Construction on the light rail project is proceeding along Anzac Parade. This work will result in the permanent loss of Anzac Parade parking from Kensington to Kingsford.

To help manage parking demand fairly to meet the needs of businesses and residents, Randwick City Council is implementing changes in the following streets:

Parking recovery plan

Council is increasing parking near the light rail by changing parking from parallel to angle parking. This will increase parking supply.

We have identified 21 streets where it's possible to create more than 400 new onstreet parking spaces. $10.5M has been allocated to the Parking Recovery Plan which is part of Council's broader Light Rail Support Plan.

We are planning to implement the parking changes at the same times as the light rail construction to minimise the parking loss.

We are progressively writing to nearby residents and property owners to inform you of the proposed changes and to invite you to view the plans.

UPCOMING PARKING RECOVERY PLANS

CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW:

  • Abbotford St Kensington
  • Wallace St, Kingsford
  • See St, Kingsford
  • Ascot St, Kensington
  • Coogee Bay Rd, Randwick


TRIAL PARKING RECOVERY (on trial until March 2017):

Kensington Streets
[view consultation summary]

COMPLETED PARKING RECOVERY PROPOSALS:

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  • 16th Feb.2017 Mears Ave., it was apparent no runner post collection put waste bins back.Bins placed on road way at about 6 am,then collected at 7am,still there at 10am. Millers strata cleaners removed approximately 25 bins at 10.15am.Talibul Islam advised of this and a more serious waste issue.......I will wait and see if there is any action. On garbage day,when bins are on the road and parking is full can the waste truck get through and safely empty the bins? The runner needs to follow the truck within a 5 minute time frame.Will other vehicles be able to get through whilst garbage is being collected? Why has it taken so long for the questions Lyn Wood has raised to be addressed? It seems R.C.C. senior staff aren't prepared to make a quick decision. When will the Agapanthus and Buxus planting begin? When will the Mears Ave., project be completed? Paul Overton
    po asked 7 days ago

    Thanks Paul,
    A number of the issues you have raised were also raised by Lynn Wood; - so some of the following responses will be the same as those posted earlier.  
    1.Your request for a “runner” to follow Mears Avenue’s garbage trucks, within 5 minutes of garbage collection, has been referred to our Waste Services team.
    2.Yes, the available road width in Mears Avenue is being significantly narrowed with the introduction of the angle parking arrangements. As a result, there may be occasional localised delays when service vehicles use the road.  And, we acknowledge that this may be exacerbated somewhat when garbage bins are left on the roadway.
    3.We're still assessing Ms Wood's comments provided to us 4 days ago.  And, with regard to her web questions uploaded at 10:06 AM on 16 Feb 2017, our response was subsequently posted at 03:39 PM that same day.  We think that 5 ½ hours to respond to a multi-faceted question is not a bad outcome. 
    4.Your comments regarding the planting of Agapanthas / buxus have been referred to our Open Space Services team.
    5.It is expected that the Mears Avenue project will be completed within 10 working days.
    Thanks for your feedback Paul.

  • YES- Residents in Mears Ave met with the Project Co-ordinator on Mon 13 Feb and would like: Consultation plans No line marking until consultation completed Agapanthas and buxus ground plants with maintenance plans No angle parking and, if it agreed, only one way traffic Visitor parking passes Drainage issues resolved at the top and bottom of the street Runner provided with garbage trucks and bin plans Tree planting reviewed- particularly water gums. Trees on the north side of the street are disorderly. Mears Avenue is a heritage street and, with the light rail coming to the top, will be a showcase for Randwick. Now is the time to give it the attention it needs to reflect well on Randwick's planning capability.
    Lynn Wood asked 8 days ago

    Hi Lynn,
    Thanks for your questions. Some of these questions need a more detailed examination prior to any action.  Following is a summary of your questions and either a response or an indication of the likely actions arising from your question.
    1.The line marking plans are available at this website .  
    (  http://yoursayrandwick.com.au/parking/documents/48555/download )
    2.Given that High Street parking is being permanently removed in March, 2017, the proposed 90º line marking for Mears Avenue will be installed soon.
    3.Your comments regarding the planting of Agapanthas / buxus ground plants, tree plantings (water gums) and “disorderly trees” have been referred to our Open Space Services team
    4.As per our earlier advice to “Fugle1” there are no plans to introduce a one-way movement to any local streets. Mears Avenue will be narrower, however the street width will still be adequate for the expected traffic flows.  Also, the introduction of angle parking usually results in motorists travelling slower along such streets.  
    5.The Council is currently examining improvements to its visitor parking processes, this will likely result in us soon endorsing “scratchy” style passes for visitors.
    6.We’re not quite clear as to the drainage issues you’ve mentioned.  If you contact our Drainage Engineer on 1300 722 542 he may be able to help you.
    7.Your request for a “runner” to follow the garbage trucks in Mears Avenue has been referred to our Waste Services team.
    We trust that these responses go some way to meeting your concerns.  Thank you for your feedback.

  • Why are you going to close the right turn from Anzac pde to Carlton st, that's totally affected the business on the corner of losing all cusomters traveling from north. ? You should have an alternative way for customers traveling from north
    Alex2017 asked 9 days ago

    Hi “Alex2017”,
    Transport for NSW is the agency which has undertaken the design of the Light Rail project.  
    Light Rail projects are different to tram networks.  With a Light Rail project the “trams” generally do not mix with any other vehicles.  As a result most turns across the Light Rail alignments are eliminated.
    With the implementation of the Light Rail project, the only right turns available for motorists travelling northbound from Kingsford will be at Barker Street, High Street and Todman Avenue.  All other right turns into side are being permanently removed.  Also, all currently available right turns into Anzac Parade, from the Kensington side streets (i.e. Ascot, Carlton and Abbotford Streets), will be permanently removed. A new right turn facility will, however, be available for westbound Todman Avenue motorists at Anzac Parade. 
    Also, as we understand it, southbound motorists will only be able to turn right at Dacey Avenue, Todman Avenue, Day Avenue, Barker Street and toward Gardeners Road at Kingsford. 
    We know that this response does not solve your concerns about motorists who visit your business. However, given the proposed nearby Carlton Street Light Rail stop, you could possibly expect an increase in pedestrians (prospective customers) in your area from 2019, when Light Rail operations commence.
    We appreciate your question.

  • Hi Is Soudan Street going to change to one way as it will be very tight with angled parking on one side and parallel on the other side?
    Marilyn asked 10 days ago

    Thanks Marilyn,
    No. As per our earlier advice to “Fugle1” there are no plans to introduce a one-way movement to any local streets.  
    Yes, it will be “tighter”, however the street width will still be adequate for the expected traffic flows.  Also, the introduction of angle parking usually results in motorists travelling slower along such streets.  
    Thanks for your question.

  • Parking is one thing - but what about replacing the bike access? I am a cycling commuter - but Im careful and I don't ride where its not safe. There used to be great cycling from Randwick down Wansey Road and Alison Road - it was separate from the road and safe. Is this going to be replaced when the light rail is complete? The current arrangements are far inferior and the previous bike paths should be made available again when possible. Thanks!
    pipheth asked 12 days ago

    Thanks “pipheth”,
    Absolutely!  Throughout the planning of the Light Rail project, Randwick Council has consistently maintained a view that the pre-existing bike riders’ facilities must be reintroduced and even improved.
    We know that the alternate routes to and from UNSW are currently not great.  We regularly guide the Light Rail consortium on how to better meet the needs of people who are walking and people who are riding. To their credit they usually listen to us.  
    The short term pain will continue for another year or so but, once completed, we’re sure that you’ll be most satisfied with the outcome. 
    We appreciate your query.

  • Why is the council increasing parking when the whole idea of the tram is to discourage people from using their cars? What are the buses for? I am not happy with the whole way this scheme has been rolled out. A note in the letterbox 8 days before work commences (no mention of the tram interestingly - for the benefit of residents it says!) does not constitute consultation. A quiet suburban street (Soudan Street) will be turned into a gridlocked parking lot as there will be barely enough room for cars to pass much less park. Combine this with the girls being delivered and collected from Brigidine College (their double parking restricts traffic now) and it will be a real mess. The only common sense solution is to make the street one-way towards Perouse.
    fugle1 asked 13 days ago

    Dear “Fugle1”
    Thanks for your comments about the Light Rail project and the Council’s parking recovery scheme. 
    As it happens, we will not be increasing parking in your neighbourhood.  In fact, even with the implementation of the parking recovery scheme, the number of parking spaces close to the Light Rail project will be reduced by about 40%.  This is because all of the parking along High Street will be removed permanently in March, 2017. 
    The removal of High Street parking will place greater pressure on parking in your area. In order to improve the ability for local residents, and their visitors, to park close to home, we are introducing angle parking in some streets near to High Street. 
    At this time there are no plans to introduce a one-way movement to any nearby local streets.
    Thank you for your feedback.

  • Hello, I'm wondering why further restricting parking time limits Arthur Street is not included in these plans, and why some areas are getting more, rather than fewer unrestricted parking -- this seems highly counterintuitive given the absurd difficulty of trying to park, as a resident, in randwick. At the moment, it is all but impossible for residents with permits to park on or around Arthur Street during the day, as shoppers, uni students, and hospital visitors park there, sometimes for many hours at a time (as the time restriction is not all that well monitored by wardens, and is already longer at 2h than in comparable streets eg Mears Ave is 1h parking). As a result, I've witnessed and also been victim of shouting standoffs between drivers waiting for parking spots and those sneaking in ahead and stealing these spots. Obviously, people in cars waiting for parking spots to free up also blocks the road. This really isn't a very forward looking parking solution for 'Council' to have come up with -- it's dangerous and uncivil, and is (I assume) so that businesses are not put out by their shoppers struggling to park nearby. Is Randwick council only interested in the views and needs of businesses?? It seems so. Instead, I propose that shoppers park in the Coles/Royal Randwick Centre car parks. Hospital and uni visitors should use those car parks, with council working with these institutions to make that happen. And residential streets should be much better monitored, and given very time time-limited residents parking, because as residential streets they do not have the capacity for safe high-use parking.
    PS asked 14 days ago

    Thanks 'PS',

    Your views on the parking situation in Arthur Street are crystal clear - thank you.

    As per my response to Nora:  

    We're currently reviewing the time limits in Arthur Street to see how we can best meet the varied parking needs of the residential, medical and business communities.  We'll let Arthur Street occupants know of our proposals once the review is completed.

    We should have some details for those from Arthur Street within about three weeks.

    Thanks again for your question.

  • Is it possible to get some consistency with the signage at the northern side of the western end of Barker Street, opposite Kensington oval. The inconsistency with the arrows on the signs seems to leave the issue of parking open to interpretation and causes the road to narrow, in parts, to one lane and is quite dangerous when confronted with aggressive drivers.
    Harley asked 14 days ago

    Hey Harley,

    We weren't aware of any inconsistency with the signage in this part of Barker Street - so we'll have that examined within the next few days and corrected - if required.

    To date we have left some parking alongside the residential dwellings, partially to meet parking demand - but also to encourage a reduced speed along this street.  However, with Day Avenue access being compromised and other Anzac Parade turning options being removed, we know that we need to reassess the parking layout along this section of Barker Street.  This will be undertaken in the next few weeks.  

    Thanks for your question.

  • I was wondering what provision has (or will) be made to provide for 'disabled' parking for people wanting to use the light rail or shops but who have mobility issues? Are there specific spots available? I haven't found any information yet in my readings of the plans. Disabled parking has now become a nightmare in Randwick and Kingsford.
    botanist asked 15 days ago

    Hi  'botanist'.,

    Thanks for your query about 'mobility parking' spaces.

    Currently we have such spaces in:

    • the Silver Street, Randwick, carpark
    • the Rainbow Street, Kingsford, carpark
    • the Meeks Street, Kingsford, carpark
    • the Houston Road, Kingsford, carpark
    • the Borrodale Lane, Kingsford, carpark
    • the Addison Street, Kensington, carpark, and
    • at numerous other locations elsewhere in the Randwick Council area.
    However, you have raised a great point and we'll re-examine the angle parking layouts already implemented, as well as those being proposed, to see if we can better meet the needs of those persons who have mobility challenges.

    Also, don't forget that, within NSW, Permit holders can park in time limited parking areas for longer time periods. If the parking area is limited to:
    • More than 30 minutes: the vehicle can park for an unlimited time
    • 30 minutes: the vehicle can park for up to two hours
    • Less than 30 minutes: the vehicle can park for a maximum of 30 minutes.
    The new time limits we are also installing will provide even more options for Permit Holders.

    Thanks for your question.

  • Parking become a nightmare. I live on Arthur st and the ward cars are taking the parking of the residents although there is a already s dedicated spots for working vehicles. We can't come home and of course no one can come visit. Please advise. Nora
    Nora asked 15 days ago

    Hi Nora,

    We're currently reviewing the time limits in Arthur Street to see how we can best meet the varied parking needs of the residential, medical and business communities.  We'll let Arthur Street occupants know of our proposals once the review is completed.

    Thanks for your query.