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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 9th 2009
MB INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 9, 2009 13 www.innerwestcourier.com.au NEWS Burwood traffic: 18 months to fix Traffic banks up on Burwood Rd. Shireen Khalil What is the worst time of the week for traffic in Burwood? Tell us at www.innerwestcourier.com.au BURWOOD residents will have to wait a year and a half for a solution to traffic problems, according to Mayor Lesley Furneaux-Cook. Late last year the mayor put forward a mayoral minute suggesting the develop- ment of an overarching traffic and parking strategy. She said the council was starting to act on the strategy which would include a road hierarchy, a parking review and traffic- calming review. The mayor said that when she went door- knocking in September last year about traffic issues, residents were mainly con- cerned with parking, speeding and conges- tion. The council has announced a potential financial allocation of up to $460,000 to facilitate new traffic and parking solutions. According to the mayor, the key traffic areas are located around schools, parks and railway stations. ''From a management point of view they are the areas we need to have a look at,'' Cr Furneaux-Cook said. The mayor predicts the strategy will take 18 months to complete as there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed including her main concern, the Burwood town centre and its impact on the area. ''Itwillbeagood18months. . .it'snota quick fix, it's about a long-term sustainable solution and you don't get that by being thoughtless and quick,'' she said. The mayor said she had not been a huge fan of increasing the residential population as more people would bring in cars. ''The town centre will bring more cars in the area and anyone who goes to Westfield on a Saturday already knows about that,'' she said. ''The figures for the predicted increase along Burwood Rd are 7900 vehicles per hour, Clarence St and Belmore St will have 850 vehicles per hour, with Park Rd and Victoria West having 550 vehicles per hour.'' The mayor is meeting residents to discuss areas of concern surrounding Burwood's parking and traffic situation. ''Burwood has a need for a feasible long- term traffic and parking strategy and through direct liaison with the entire community, council will be better equipped to put necessary measures in place.'' MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT
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