40 km/h speed limit
Abercrombie and Lawson streets in Darlington form a major walking route between Redfern railway station and The University of Sydney.
Due to the high pedestrian activity in this area the precinct will be designated with a 40 km/h speed limit to make the streets safer and more pedestrian friendly.
For an area to become a 40 km/h high pedestrian activity area, certain Roads and Maritime Services requirements must be met. These requirements include thresholds to slow traffic.
The City is building 7 new raised thresholds in Abercrombie, Shepherd and Lawson streets to enforce the 40 km/h speed zone.
The thresholds include kerbside islands to prevent them being used as pedestrian crossings, in accordance with RMS directives. This has resulted in a net loss of 10 parking spots across the Darlington precinct.
Where the footpath is wide and pedestrian use is low, garden hedges are being installed instead of kerbside islands to minimise the loss of parking while still complying with RMS requirements.
The project was developed in response to community consultations for the local action plans in 2007 and the pedestrian, cycling and traffic calming plan in 2009. The community response included Abercrombie Street, Darlington being revitalised to improve pedestrian safety and increase opportunities for local businesses.
In 2011 and 2012 when the City conducted extensive community consultation about public domain upgrades (see below) in Darlington, the 40 km/h speed limit was proposed and subsequently supported.
The consultation process for the raised thresholds to enable the 40 km/h speed limit took place in December 2013. We sent 1400 letters to residents informing them of the proposal asking for their feedback. The City received 22 responses – 17 in favour and 5 against.
The next phase of consultation, planned for later in 2015, will be to improve the footpath along Lawson Street and the cycleway through Lawson Square.
Darlington’s main street
Abercrombie Street is the main street of Darlington village and runs between Broadway and Golden Grove Street in Darlington.
The active centre of Darlington village, Abercrombie Street supports cafes, a small retail strip, small businesses, homes and a local park. It is a major walking route between Redfern railway station and The University of Sydney.
The City of Sydney is working to improve Abercrombie Street. The work will increase footpath capacity, improve pedestrian safety and encourage outdoor dining. We are also improving the landscaping on both sides of Abercrombie Street, between Ivy and Shepherd streets.
- wider footpaths to create a more pedestrian-friendly street
- more street trees and garden beds
- new lighting and street furniture
- placing overhead power lines underground.
We will also be making changes to traffic movement, including:
- One-way northbound in Shepherd Lane between Abercrombie and Lander streets.
- One-way northbound in Ivy Street between Abercrombie and Lander streets.
- No right turn from Abercrombie Street into Ivy Street (southbound).
- Shared zones for Shepherd Lane between Abercrombie and Lander streets, and Abercrombie Street and Wilson Lane.
We expect the works to be finished in mid-2015.
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Last updated: Thursday, 21 May 2015