|Cleveland & Crown Streets intersection|
Cleveland Street is only four lanes wide and it is the main distributor for Surry Hills. During the morning peak, vehicles turning right from Cleveland into Crown typically stretch back past Bourke Street (which is one-way south) during each traffic-light phase. The photos above were taken around 8AM on a Friday. Through traffic and traffic turning left into Baptist Street is therefore restricted to one lane.
|Cleveland & Elizabeth intersection|
From the construction of Eddy Avenue at the start of the 20th century, Broadway has been the main artery for traffic heading for the Eastern Suburbs from the west, along Parramatta Road, and from the south-west, along City Road. It still is.
The last traffic flow data published by Transport for NSW is for 2005, but present traffic flows would not be less, and we will be making comparisons only. We will be using the data for Tuesdays as flows on Mondays and Fridays are sometimes not as typical for the other week days. We will use the data for vph from 8-9 AM as Transport for NSW is obsessed with this hour. The data is for eastbound traffic. The sample stations for Broadway are east of Harris Street (page 17, k5sy3a.doc) and west of Wattle Street (page 45, k5sy4.doc).
On the Tuesday of the sample week, 1908 vehicles passed Wattle Street in the allotted hour, and 2212 vehicles entered Railway Square - extra traffic had turned into Broadway from Harris Street. As pointed out previously this traffic has minor impacts on bus movements which pass from Broadway to Rawson Place in less than a minute, come what may. We do not know how many vehicles other than buses turned into George Street as the pneumatic tube data does not distinguish between vehicles, and George Street is a dead-end road north of Hay Street and of no interest to the RTA. Pitt Street north of Eddy Avenue is a dead-end road also. The number of vehicles other than buses that entered the CBD would be a very small proportion of the vehicles that bypassed the CBD tangentially. Skyhigh could provide this information precisely, if they were consulted.
On the other hand, Cleveland Street has been of great interest to the RTA. There are five sample stations along its length: west of Sydney University (page 5, k5sy4.doc), west of Regent Street (page20, k5sy3a), west of Pitt street (page 11 k5sy3a), west of South Dowling Street (page 38, k5sy4) and west of Anzac Parade (page 26, k5sy3a). This data gives a snapshot of how Cleveland Street operates as a Distributor. Of the 1727 vehicles that entered Cleveland Street from City Road during the allotted hour only 1217 reached South Dowling Street and only 1143 vehicles made it to Anzac Parade and thence the Eastern Suburbs. Cleveland Street carried only slightly more than half east-west traffic carried by Broadway.
Renaming existing institutions is TfNSW's modus operandi - Rail Corp and City Rail have become Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink and a trip to Katoomba is an InterCity trip. Signs at train stations are wrong and covered up. But the redefining of Cleveland Street is much more sinister.
What will O'Farrell be doing? Will he be banning right-hand turns from Cleveland Street and forcing traffic to percolate into Surry Hills from South Dowling Street, say, by removing the blockages at either end of Arthur Street that were designed specifically to prevent this?
|Cleveland & Regent Streets intersection|
|Cleveland & Abercrombie Street intersection|
|View west from Regent Street 7:45 AM|
|View west from Regent Street 7 PM|
|View east from Regent Street 7:45 AM|
|Parramatta Road at Sydney Uni|
The 9/11 13 brochure is insultingly titled "for further consultation". O'Farrell has the responsibility to force TfNSW to consult with the only authorities that have the data to definitely establish this - the RTA and their consultants Skyhigh. O'Farrell will not allow his whims to be competently assessed, so what can one do?