Charing Cross Streetscape Upgrade

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Charing Cross Village Centre

About the project

Waverley Council is upgrading Charing Cross Village Centre to provide the community with an improved streetscape for safer use and a more enjoyable experience. According to previous consultations, Charing Cross is also not well defined and blurs into the adjacent residential areas.

Using your feedback we have developed a design to enhance a sense of arrival, including improved safety and convenience for pedestrians and all transport modes.

Some of the issues highlighted are demonstrated in the photos below


A concept design has been developed using the key ideas from Waverley’s Liveable Places Centres Strategy 2020.

Key features of the design

Charing Cross village centre will become 40km/h.

This area of Charing Cross has been categorized as a High Pedestrian Activity Area (HPAA). HPAAs are locations near shopping strips, railway stations, bus interchanges, beach-sides and services such as medical centres.

Becoming 40km/h will create a safer road environment for all road users, particularly for pedestrians, cyclists and children.

Slip lane to be removed and signalised.

As a HPAA, managing pedestrian safety is the most important thing. The slip lane that turns left from Bronte Rd into Carrington Rd will be removed and incorporated into the traffic signals. You will still be able to turn left and pedestrians will have a safer place to cross.



Raised pedestrian crossings.

Council is proposing to install a new raised crossing at the front of 278 Bronte Road (Eastern Suburbs Legion Club and Bronte GP) for safer pedestrian movements. We will also raise the existing pedestrian crossing just north of the Bronte/Albion intersection.

A change in parking arrangements to allow for safer crossing.

To widen the footpath and allow for the second raised pedestrian crossing, the proposal would see a loss of four parking spots on Bronte Rd.

Powerlines will be moved underground.

The heritage quality of the area is compromised by intrusive overhead powerlines. Undergrounding will make room for a tree canopy, light poles and improve public amenity by decluttering the street.

Council is proposing new trees and a range of garden beds and plantings

Council’s Community Strategic Plan outlines Waverley’s goal to have 30% tree canopy and shrub cover. Bronte Rd is currently in the lowest category of 0- 15%. From previous consultations and as the second oldest shopping strip in Sydney, we know how important the facades are. Our landscape architects will select appropriate species to grow above the shop fronts similar to the below:

Tree examples


Tree examples


New multipoles and upgraded lighting

Sustainable LED lighting will be used throughout the village centre. The design will be upgraded to current Australian standards with multipurpose poles to help declutter the street. The upgrades will reduce existing light spill onto buildings.

Historical features highlighted throughout the design.

To align with the historic character of Charing Cross we are proposing to incorporate a number of heritage interpretations throughout the project. We have a range of advisors helping on this but we'd also like to hear what you think! Head over to the ideas board.

Widening and upgrading footpaths

We are proposing new pavers and to widen the footpaths by over half a metre on both sides of the road. This will enhance the experience of the area, prioritises active transport modes throughout the village centre and provide businesses with an opportunity to apply for outdoor seating.

Widening the footpath facilitates space to planting trees and install street furniture without compromising parking.

New street furniture

With the new shade provided by trees, you’ll need somewhere to sit. We are proposing around 10 new bench seats throughout the design.

How to have your say:

If you would like to be part of this process you can do it in a number of ways:

  1. Fill in the survey
  2. Leave or support an idea
  3. Mail to: c/o General Manager, PO Box 9, Bondi Junction NSW 1355
  4. Attend the community info session - registration essential


About the project

Waverley Council is upgrading Charing Cross Village Centre to provide the community with an improved streetscape for safer use and a more enjoyable experience. According to previous consultations, Charing Cross is also not well defined and blurs into the adjacent residential areas.

Using your feedback we have developed a design to enhance a sense of arrival, including improved safety and convenience for pedestrians and all transport modes.

Some of the issues highlighted are demonstrated in the photos below


A concept design has been developed using the key ideas from Waverley’s Liveable Places Centres Strategy 2020.

Key features of the design

Charing Cross village centre will become 40km/h.

This area of Charing Cross has been categorized as a High Pedestrian Activity Area (HPAA). HPAAs are locations near shopping strips, railway stations, bus interchanges, beach-sides and services such as medical centres.

Becoming 40km/h will create a safer road environment for all road users, particularly for pedestrians, cyclists and children.

Slip lane to be removed and signalised.

As a HPAA, managing pedestrian safety is the most important thing. The slip lane that turns left from Bronte Rd into Carrington Rd will be removed and incorporated into the traffic signals. You will still be able to turn left and pedestrians will have a safer place to cross.



Raised pedestrian crossings.

Council is proposing to install a new raised crossing at the front of 278 Bronte Road (Eastern Suburbs Legion Club and Bronte GP) for safer pedestrian movements. We will also raise the existing pedestrian crossing just north of the Bronte/Albion intersection.

A change in parking arrangements to allow for safer crossing.

To widen the footpath and allow for the second raised pedestrian crossing, the proposal would see a loss of four parking spots on Bronte Rd.

Powerlines will be moved underground.

The heritage quality of the area is compromised by intrusive overhead powerlines. Undergrounding will make room for a tree canopy, light poles and improve public amenity by decluttering the street.

Council is proposing new trees and a range of garden beds and plantings

Council’s Community Strategic Plan outlines Waverley’s goal to have 30% tree canopy and shrub cover. Bronte Rd is currently in the lowest category of 0- 15%. From previous consultations and as the second oldest shopping strip in Sydney, we know how important the facades are. Our landscape architects will select appropriate species to grow above the shop fronts similar to the below:

Tree examples


Tree examples


New multipoles and upgraded lighting

Sustainable LED lighting will be used throughout the village centre. The design will be upgraded to current Australian standards with multipurpose poles to help declutter the street. The upgrades will reduce existing light spill onto buildings.

Historical features highlighted throughout the design.

To align with the historic character of Charing Cross we are proposing to incorporate a number of heritage interpretations throughout the project. We have a range of advisors helping on this but we'd also like to hear what you think! Head over to the ideas board.

Widening and upgrading footpaths

We are proposing new pavers and to widen the footpaths by over half a metre on both sides of the road. This will enhance the experience of the area, prioritises active transport modes throughout the village centre and provide businesses with an opportunity to apply for outdoor seating.

Widening the footpath facilitates space to planting trees and install street furniture without compromising parking.

New street furniture

With the new shade provided by trees, you’ll need somewhere to sit. We are proposing around 10 new bench seats throughout the design.

How to have your say:

If you would like to be part of this process you can do it in a number of ways:

  1. Fill in the survey
  2. Leave or support an idea
  3. Mail to: c/o General Manager, PO Box 9, Bondi Junction NSW 1355
  4. Attend the community info session - registration essential