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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  • where is the parking recovery plan for kensington road i have seen it previously but cannot find it here? our road is the prefered rat run now boronia street has been reduced in width!

    leady asked 22 days ago

    Thanks again ‘leady”,

    Yes, you are correct, there was some ‘early work’ done on possibly introducing angled parking to Kensington Road.  However, given that Kensington Road is, at its closest, some 200 metres from Anzac Parade (where ‘light rail’ has removed commercial parking), it is not included within the current rollout for the implementation of angled parking arrangements.

    Thanks for your question.


  • when is the line work at the intersection of salisbury and boronia road going to be completed? there is no central line and as a result people are cutting the corner on the wrong side of the road.

    leady asked 22 days ago

    Hi “leady”,

    Thanks for this feedback – we’ll get a length of centreline installed in Salisbury Road on approach to Boronia Road soon.  This should guide most motorists to not cut the corners at your intersection.

    Thanks for this observation.

  • I am writing on behalf of the Owners' Corporation of 66 Boronia Street, which is on the side of the new angled parking spaces. Before these were introduced, there were No Parking signs between our basement parking garage exit and our next door neighbour's garage. These signs have now been removed and a parking space painted in between the two garages. What this means is that when a car, van or SUV is parked in that space, cars exiting our garage now cannot see oncoming traffic that has turned from Duke Street into Boronia Street. This makes it extremely dangerous to exit safely onto Boronia Street. Cars have to inch forward into the street as there is no clear view of the oncoming traffic. I have almost been collided with four times now and it's only a matter of time before an accident occurs and someone is hurt. Cars typically are travelling at more than the 50 km limit coming around that corner, so there isn't much time to avoid a collision and an accident is bound to happen. I understand Randwick Council's reasons for introducing angled parking but I don't think Randwick Council means to put any of its rate payers at risk by introducing it. In this case there is an easy way to fix it. Remove the painted lines for that one parking space and reintroduce the No Parking signs so that cars cannot park there and block our view of the oncoming traffic. The Owners' Corporation would like to raise this officially with Randwick Council as a safety concern, so can you tell me what is the process for doing that? We would like to know who we should write to to raise this issue, so appreciate your advice on this.

    Boronia resident asked 22 days ago

    Thanks for you enquiry, ‘Boronia resident’,
    Unfortunately, we have a different view to you, regarding this matter. 
    The No Parking zone installed across both the driveway of 66 Boronia Street and the rear driveway of 9 Duke Street was originally installed due to vehicles regularly blocking one or both of your driveways.  This is because the short length of kerb space between the two driveways is some 3.8 metres long.  Typically, a parking space should be 5.5 metres long.  Previously, on many occasions, vehicles longer than 3.8 metres would be ‘squeezed into’ this short space and they would then compromise access to your or your neighbour’s driveway.  As a result we installed a No Parking zone across your driveway, across the little length of kerb in between your driveways and across the driveway to no.9 Duke Street.  This No Parking zone was not installed for ‘sightline’ reasons.  
    Given that a 90º angle parking regime has been applied to your street, we can now allow for a single parking space to be located between your two driveways.  The new angle parking space is about 2.5 metres wide and fits well within the 3.8 metre wide kerbed area between your two driveways.
    The proximity of the angle parking space to your driveway is similar to every other driveway in Boronia Street – and, indeed, every other angle parking installation in the council area.  We have inspected your driveway and we consider that there are no particular characteristics of your driveway that suggests that we should remove a public parking space for your ease of access. And, yes, when a larger vehicle parks next to your driveway you do have to “to inch forward into the street” to carefully look for oncoming vehicles.  But, when a more regular sized car parks next to your driveway, you can usually look over the bonnet to see approaching vehicles.
    Whilst you may not agree with Council’s position, regarding the retention of this public parking space, we trust that this explanation clarifies for you the reasons behind the council’s position.
    You have also asked how the the owners' corporation could raise this officially with Randwick Council.  To do so, please contact the Council’s Integrated Transport Department, from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays) on (02) 9093 6000 or 1300 722 542.  If you’d like to send us an email, please send it to council@randwick.nsw.gov.au.
    Thank you.

  • When the parking time limit changes will apply to Carlton st ? Also how long the light rail projects will stay in Kensington for and when council will finish work in Kensington too ?

    Amex asked about 1 month ago

    Hi ‘Amex’,

    The new parking controls should be in place within Carlton Street by now – if not, they will certainly be in place within the next few days.  

    We've been advised that light rail construction work will continue in your area for about 18 months.

    Apart from some installation of plants, within the new garden areas of Council's angle parking project, no further Council work is proposed.

    Thank you.

  • I am a resident of Mears Avenue and we have only received one letter from council about the changes to the street. There has been considerable confusion and lack of clarity or consultation around the proposed changes. Firstly the neck into Avoca has been narrowed to make tight for two cars to pass and impossible for two SUV's or two trucks to get through. The proposed angle parking will change this heritage street, this 'avenue', (defined as "a broad road in a town or city, typically having trees at regular intervals along its sides") to a narrow, congested parking lot. You plan will significantly reduce the width, already evident at the intersection of Mears and Avoca, create difficulties for driveway exits and, by introducing more cars, impact the scope and beauty of Mears. There is mention of traffic flow - but I haven't seen a traffic management plan, projections on increase/decrease flow with the light rail. Where can I find these? thank you.

    Gill asked about 1 month ago

    Thanks for your query Gill,

    With the introduction of an angled parking layout, the entrances into streets such as Mears Avenue were particularly narrow during construction.  This was due to the additional safety barricades and temporary construction warning signage required. Now that construction works are completed these entrances are much easier to negotiate.

    With regard to the change in the nature of Mears Avenue – please have a look at our recent response to Ms Manifis. 

    The Traffic Study for Modification 4 of the Light Rail Project is available on the NSW Major Projects website (Modification 4 dealt with the ‘shifting’ of the terminus from High Cross Park into High Street).  

    It may be easiest to click here to access this report.

    Thank you for your questions.

  • Why there is no a traffic light at Carlton st for pedestrians to access the bus stop across Anzac pde to the other side. It's quiet dangerous to run among cars across Anzac pde to other side. ?

    Mike 56789 asked about 1 month ago

    Hi Mike,

    From tomorrow night, 3 March, 2017, all vehicles and pedestrians will be prevented from crossing Anzac Parade, near Carlton Street; as light rail construction intensifies in your part of Kensington.

    To catch a bus to town, pedestrians will have to detour some 250 metres to the Goodwood Street (Peter’s of Kensington) pedestrian crossing.  We’ve been advised that this will be the situation for some 18 months, or so, as construction proceeds.  

    Ultimately, however, there will be a new set of pedestrian signals (traffic lights) near to Carlton Street, for you to access the Carlton Street light rail stop - which is being built in the middle of Anzac Parade.  You will also be able to cross the full width of Anzac Parade with these new signals too.

    Regards

  • We have been residents of Mears Avenue, Randwick for 36 years. It used to be a lovely quiet street. Over the years traffic has increased resulting in more noise,etc. With the proposed angle parking, our street will be turned into a virtual car park. This is a street with Heritage listed terraces and Randwick Council, being the first Municipality in Sydney, should have taken into consideration the historic significance of this street and not destroy it for a few extra parking spaces. PLEASE RECONSIDER THIS PROPOSAL.

    Catherine Manifis asked about 1 month ago

    Thank you for your query, Ms Manifis. 
     
    When considering the changes arising from the introduction of major infrastructure projects, in residential areas, there are many, many issues to be considered.  Balancing the needs of the community amongst other important considerations is always a challenge for government agencies. 

    Within the next few weeks more than 90 parking spaces will be permanently removed from your area, as light rail construction expands into High Street.  The significant local parking pressures, which residents (and family members or friends) currently experience, will soon greatly increase. The loss of these 90+ parking spaces would always have resulted in more motorists driving along more nearby streets, seeking parking spaces. 

    With the Council being aware that the streets closest to the town centre would be the ones most affected by this increase in parking pressure, it was decided to implement angle parking in Soudan Street, Eurimbla Avenue, Blenheim Street and Mears Avenue.
      
    The controls applying to the High Cross Heritage Conservation Area, of which Mears Avenue is a part, do not preclude the Council from making changes to the street’s parking layout, nor do they preclude the introduction of parking time limit controls.  Indeed there are many fine examples of residential streets, in other Sydney conservation areas, having angled parking arrangements (eg. Ormond  Street and Dillon Street in Paddington and Holmwood Street, Newtown etc..).

    Notwithstanding the above advice, we have also included landscaping elements as an integral component of the new angled parking layouts in Randwick, Kingsford and Kensington.  Indeed, following feedback from local community members, specific species of appropriate plants types have been agreed to for the Mears Avenue landscaping installations.

    Thanks for your enquiry. 

  • 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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 about 1 month 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.