Arden Street Safety Upgrade Project

Consultation has concluded

In response to community concern regarding pedestrian and vehicle conflict along Arden St, Council investigated the safety issues and developed a range of potential treatments.

In May 2019, Council sought community feedback on the proposed safety treatments. Please find the full project background, community consultation summary and project outcomes in the news feed below.

In response to community concern regarding pedestrian and vehicle conflict along Arden St, Council investigated the safety issues and developed a range of potential treatments.

In May 2019, Council sought community feedback on the proposed safety treatments. Please find the full project background, community consultation summary and project outcomes in the news feed below.

Consultation has concluded
  • Background

    29 days ago

    Background

    In response to community concern regarding pedestrian and vehicle conflict along Arden Street, Council engaged consultants to undertake a safety review of Arden Street, between Macpherson Street and the LGA boundary at Varna Street.

    The review was guided by Council's People Movement and Places Transport Strategy , in particular the signature project of Schools Active Travel and its objective to improve access to schools by making it easy to walk, ride and catch public transport.

    Safety Issues Identified

    The safety review identified the highest priority safety issue to be conflict with motor vehicles at the signalised pedestrian crossing outside...

    Background

    In response to community concern regarding pedestrian and vehicle conflict along Arden Street, Council engaged consultants to undertake a safety review of Arden Street, between Macpherson Street and the LGA boundary at Varna Street.

    The review was guided by Council's People Movement and Places Transport Strategy , in particular the signature project of Schools Active Travel and its objective to improve access to schools by making it easy to walk, ride and catch public transport.

    Safety Issues Identified

    The safety review identified the highest priority safety issue to be conflict with motor vehicles at the signalised pedestrian crossing outside Clovelly Public School where too many motorists were observed 'running the red'. The major contributor to this issue was considered to be poor visibility of the red lanterns, exacerbated when school buses were lined up illegally outside the school.

    Other key issues identified included;

    • pedestrian / vehicle conflict at the Chesterfield Parade pedestrian crossing
    • vehicular speed
    • inadequate footpath widths
    • need for safe cycling to and from school by students and their parents

    Proposed Treatments

    The following treatments are proposed to address the issues identified in the review. Please see the concept design in the document library for more detail.

    Signalised pedestrian crossing

    • Kerb buildouts at the signalised pedestrian crossing
    • Relocation of lantern posts onto the kerb buildouts and/or overhead masts
    • Formalisation of a new school bus zone and existing STA bus zone to current standards
    • Extension of west-side Arden St kerb between the signalised crossing and Varna Street

    Chesterfield Parade pedestrian crossing

    • Upgrade the crossing to a wombat crossing and relocate it as far as practical from the intersection without impacting the nearby trees.

    Vehicular speed

    • Narrow the travel lane where practical
    • Upgrade the crash barriers (and make more pedestrian friendly)
    • Renew the paint and reflective markers

    Encourage safe walking and cycling to school

    • Significantly widen the footpath between Chesterfield Parade and Baglin Street
    • Extend the footpath outside Clovelly Public School to the kerb to create a safer space for existing walking and cycling (child and accompanying adult only) to and from school
    • Widen the Arden Street west side footpath to 2.5 metres to create a shared path for pedestrian and cycling to and from school.
    • Upgrade the footpath on Arden Street east side footpath to create a shared path for pedestrian and cycling to and from school.

    Please note that the degraded surface section of Arden Street road is scheduled for resurfacing in early 2019-20 financial year.

    Funding

    Given the scale of the project, Council will adopt a phased approach to implementing the treatments. Council has allocated funding in the 2019-20 budget to address the highest priority issues arising from the Safety Review.


  • Consultation summary and outcomes

    29 days ago

    Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on the proposed Arden St safety upgrade project.

    What you told us

    Council received overwhelming support for all aspects of the proposal. The help Council decide on which components to implement first, we asked the community to rank them in order of importance. The results were as follows:

    1. Improve visibility of the traffic lights by building out the kerb, relocating the lantern posts and improving the bus zone
    2. Upgrade Chesterfield parade pedestrian crossing to wombat crossing
    3. Widen path outside school on Arden Street
    4. Shared path on east side Arden Street between Macpherson...

    Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts on the proposed Arden St safety upgrade project.

    What you told us

    Council received overwhelming support for all aspects of the proposal. The help Council decide on which components to implement first, we asked the community to rank them in order of importance. The results were as follows:

    1. Improve visibility of the traffic lights by building out the kerb, relocating the lantern posts and improving the bus zone
    2. Upgrade Chesterfield parade pedestrian crossing to wombat crossing
    3. Widen path outside school on Arden Street
    4. Shared path on east side Arden Street between Macpherson Street and Chesterfield Parade – as route to and from school
    5. Upgrade crash barriers
    6. Shared path on west-side of Arden Street – as route to and from school
    7. Widen footpath between Chesterfield Parade and Baglin Street
    8. Continuous footpath at Baglin Street intersection


    What Council decided to do

    The results of the consultation were reviewed and reported to the Waverley Traffic Committee Meeting on 25 July 2019 which recommended that the concept designs be approved with the following amendments:

    • Addition of kerb blisters in Macpherson Street at the intersection of Arden Street, to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians,
    • To investigate the relocation of the STA bus stop to the south side of the pedestrian crossing to improve visibility of the traffic signals,
    • Not to include the shared path on the eastern side of Arden Street (school side) between Macpherson Street and Chesterfield Parade,
    • That detailed design for the various components of the concept design be submitted to the Traffic Committee for further approval.
    • The Traffic Committee recommendation was reported to the Waverley Council Meeting on 20 August, where it was approved with a requirement to include additional planting and beautification as components of the concept design are further developed.


    The Agendas, Reports and Minutes of all Council Meetings and Traffic Committee Meetings can be viewed from waverley.infocouncil.biz

  • Staged implementation

    29 days ago

    Although we would like to complete everything on the list right away, we will need to prioritise and stage implementation over a number of years and budgets. The highest priority on the list will be the first item we will deliver is, which is improving visibility of the traffic lights by building out the kerb, relocating the lantern posts and improving the bus zone.

    This phase of the project had progressed to detailed design in preparation for works to be undertaken.

    Although we would like to complete everything on the list right away, we will need to prioritise and stage implementation over a number of years and budgets. The highest priority on the list will be the first item we will deliver is, which is improving visibility of the traffic lights by building out the kerb, relocating the lantern posts and improving the bus zone.

    This phase of the project had progressed to detailed design in preparation for works to be undertaken.