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Sep 12, 2012News The Hot Topic

Government announces CBD congestion cure

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian announced this week that the NSW Government would implement a number of initiatives to reduce congestion and improve reliability for buses coming into the Sydney CBD from the north.

The Minister says the changes will be implemented from early next year and that work was already underway to see some of these delivered.

To begin with the Government will re-direct more than seven per cent of current morning peak bus services coming across the Sydney Harbour Bridge and entering the city by York Street.

This will see around 60 morning peak buses from the North West enter the city by the Cahill Expressway and travel down Bridge, Pitt, Hunter and Castlereagh streets before terminating at Market Street.

Other initiatives already in progress to deal with congestion include:

  • The formation of a dedicated Police motorcycle team for the CBD of Sydney, to specifically deal with congestion and avoid traffic stopping in intersections
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge toll booth removal
  • Double decker bus trial
  • Introduction of bus marshals
  • Traffic signaling and parking changes.

What do you think of these initiatives? Will they work? What else needs to be done?