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Delivering Sydney Light Rail - the traffic impacts


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Delivering Sydney Light Rail - the traffic impacts

  1. 1. Delivering Sydney Light Rail - the traffic impacts Marg Prendergast Coordinator General, CBD 28 July 2016
  2. 2. Tomorrow’s Sydney Set the scene: • Sydney will grow by over a million people over the next 10 years and we need to expand to meet this growth. • Transport for NSW is overseeing the largest transformation of the Sydney CBD transport network in decades to address it. The demand : • Approx 630,000 trips are made to the city centre daily – 67% by public transport and 20% by car. This is forecast to increase by 25% (155,000 trips) by 2031. • Over 1.26M travel trips are made within the city for work, education, shopping, leisure and city living each day. • These trips will increase by 35% to 1.7M by 2031. • Our focus is city-wide, but we know the northern end of the CBD generates the strongest demand for daily travel. • 100,000 jobs created in the city centre over the next 20 years.
  3. 3. CBD Major Transformation Projects 3
  4. 4. 4 Sydney Light Rail delivery Currently working in 13/31 Zones
  5. 5. 5 Weekend intersection works • Work is underway at intersection of Bridge St and Grosvenor St each weekend until end November 2016. • Utilities are being identified and relocated. • Intersection must be open until 10pm each Friday, and be ready to reopen by 5am each Monday.
  6. 6. 6 CBD Transport Projects
  7. 7. Context for change • The current network wasn’t working and would not meet future demand. • As we build Tomorrow’s Sydney, access to and moving around the CBD will get worse before it gets better. • To keep Sydney moving during this intense period of construction we need to reduce peak car volumes by 5-15%. • Managing the Sydney CBD during construction will be a combination of proactive traffic and transport management solutions combined with an intensive communications and engagement program referred to as Travel Choices.
  8. 8. CBD Coordination Office Functions include: • Communications • Operational planning: traffic management and contingency planning • Strategic and land use planning (including development approvals) • Freight planning: deliveries and servicing • Business and community support (i.e. activation during periods of disruption) • Facilitating special events
  9. 9. CBD Coordination Office • Focus on keeping Sydney moving and informed throughout all construction activities • Coordinates mitigation measures around all CBD construction, deconstruction and major event activities • Focus on optimising pedestrian traffic movements both during and post construction • Centralised powers to implement changes to traffic network
  10. 10. Travel Choices • An ‘Olympic style’ travel demand management approach has been adopted to help us manage the transport network. • Travel Choices will encourage behavior change among commuters, businesses, their suppliers, and visitors travelling to and from the Sydney CBD. • Travel Choices will work with organisations (corporate and government) through workshops and drop-in sessions to support staff and service providers to make changes and adjust to disruptions. • This involves the promotion of the 4 R’s: Peak travel Around the CBD Avoid driving Off-peak travel
  11. 11. Travel Choices – Project Update 11
  12. 12. Managing access to special events 12
  13. 13. Activation 13
  14. 14. CBD Bus Plan
  15. 15. Preferred Driving Routes A series of preferred driving routes have been developed to help drivers avoid key construction corridors and ease congestion •South/South-east and North: Broadway, Eddy Avenue, Wentworth Avenue, College Street, Macquarie Street and the Cahill Expressway. •East and West: Cross City Tunnel. •North and South/South-west: Western Distributor and Harris Street. •West and North/East: Western Distributor.
  16. 16. 16 Operational Management Planning Improvements • Develop Major Incident Bus Plan. • Develop contingency road closures for incidents and major planned infrastructure works. • Test proposed contingency plans against scenarios and modify accordingly. Operational Management Improvements • Enhance the dedicated monitoring within the TMC and in the field. • Work with Agencies including key services utility providers. • After major weekend closures, start the planning for the Monday AM peak on Sunday evening. Infrastructure • Additional VMS or CCTV infrastructure at key approaches to the CBD.
  17. 17. 18 Enhancing Real-Time Management Plan and prepare to manage unplanned incidents that impact the operation of the CBD transport network on a 24 / 7 basis • Enhancing dedicated CBD real-time resources in the TMC • Establishing dedicated CBD real-time resources in the field • Maintain traffic signal operations during power or communication outages • Upgrade intersections to accept generated power • Portable generators, mobile modems and daily signal check • Establishing a CBD Tow Away Zone
  18. 18. Tow-Away Zone A tow-away area has been in operation in the CBD since October 2015 • Any vehicles illegally parked in no stopping, no parking and bus zones within the area can be removed • Vehicles will be taken to a legal kerbside space outside the tow-away area for later collection • Helping to manage traffic congestion and keep the network moving
  19. 19. Freight and Servicing
  20. 20. Loading Zone changes