Traffic and Active Transport Project

Cycling Connection, Lambton

We recently sought feedback on the revised proposal to improve cycling connectivity between Lambton Park and Croudace Street, Lambton.

Cycling Connection, Lambton

We recently sought feedback on the revised proposal to improve cycling connection between Lambton Park and Croudace Street, by creating a ‘quietway’ along Pearson Street and improving connection to the existing network. A quietway is a mixed traffic environment where vehicle speeds and volume are lowered and cyclists can share the standard traffic lane with general traffic.

What was proposed?

The project will remain largely the same as the previous concept, with traffic calming along Pearson Street and appropriate connections including sections of shared path, crossings and off/on ramps.

The main changes, which come as a result of extensive community feedback, are:

  • Replacing Pearson Street thresholds with cushions
  • Extending the shared path in Croudace Street north of Pearson Street to the midblock crossing at Lambton Public School
  • Moving the combined crossing on Morehead Street south towards the existing Lambton Park shared path, with a shared path to Pearson Street
  • Replacing the pedestrian crossing at the end of Pearson Street at Morehead Street with a pedestrian refuge
  • Providing a crossing option for eastbound cyclists in Pearson Street to Lambton Park with kerb extension and ramps
  • Restricting Grainger Street to one-way southbound between Elder Street and Howe Street, maintaining access for northbound cyclists
  • Maintaining the right turn from Croudace Street into Pearson Street (recognising that alternative movements are more dangerous)
  • Potentially banning left turns from Croudace Street to Pearson Street if there is community support (reduce rat running and increase safety at intersection)

Background

Public exhibition for the provision of a cycling route along Pearson Street between Lambton Park and Croudace Street was held earlier this year. This project was developed to address a gap in the major cycling route that connects Wallsend with inner suburbs and facilities, including Broadmeadow Station. The intent is to provide an option for cyclists, by reducing traffic volumes and speeds on Pearson Street, and provide good connections to the existing cycleways.

Due to the various dimensions of the project, and the number of well-considered insights provided by the community during consultation, the project was reviewed. Taking on board the feedback provided by the community, we updated the plans to improve:

  • Street drainage and management of flood flows
  • Road safety for all road users
  • The coherence of the route for cyclists
  • Connection to Lambton Public School
  • Vegetation planting
  • Traffic conditions in Grainger Street

It should be noted that all issues submitted under the consultation have been considered. There is a FAQ at the bottom of this page to provide more information.

Ways to Have your say

We recently sought community feedback to make an informed decision on this project. The public exhibition period closed midnight on Friday 9 September 2022.

All comments received will be reported to a future Council meeting for consideration before a final decision is made.


Note: Writing a submission is one way of sharing your views and opinions with Council. All submissions are considered before making a decision and your submission may be included in a report to Council. If you wish to have information in your submission suppressed, you will need to request this in writing.

Frequently asked questions

All feedback was read, grouped in themes, and discussed with CN's Transport team, NSW Police, and Transport for NSW (TfNSW) where appropriate. Evidence from the community along with traffic and crash data informed these discussions. Advice was sought from subject matter experts across CN to ensure your concerns were appropriately addressed. A new concept design was then developed. Finally, it was discussed at the Newcastle City Traffic Committee and given support to go out for public exhibition again.

Recognising the important role trees play in suburban streets, including shading us from the heat, traffic calming and improving the amenity for cycling and walking (and everyone), tree planting has been included along Pearson Street where vacancies have been identified. The trees will be planted either during or soon after the delivery of the other works for this project.

A quietway is a mixed traffic treatment where bicycle riders travel in a shared traffic environment with motorised traffic and are positioned in the centre of the traffic lane. The key design philosophy of a quietway is the safe integration of people cycling are prioritised road users – they are environments where the motor vehicle is a guest on the roadway. A quietway is best supported through the reduction of real vehicle speeds to around 30km/h or lower through effective design treatments that send visual cues to road users about appropriate speeds and behaviours.

Road cushions will allow cyclists to manoeuvre around them, improve drainage and reduce parking losses.

Road resurfacing could potentially be brought forward to align with this project. This has been discussed with assets management.

Howe Street remains an identified route under the Cycling Plan and remains an identified project for future works. However, due to the traffic volume, vehicle speeds, and existing parking, there would need to be substantial changes to the existing conditions to accommodate separated cycling lanes that would support all bicycle users.  Any future cycleway works would work in conjunction with the facilities in Pearson Street, and the long-term benefits of the traffic calming, and pedestrian connections will provide ongoing outcomes for the community.

Improvements to the approaches to this intersection will be incorporated into the final design, in consultation with Transport NSW through their management of signalised intersections.

Making Pearson Street one-way has not been supported due to the issues with maintaining residential access, reducing displaced traffic movements, and with waste collection.

When examining the wider traffic and safety issues, it was deemed that banning the right turn into Pearson St could lead to a reduction in safety along Croudace Street and put pressure on other intersections. This was noted by a number of people in the community and a decision was made to look for other traffic calming options to ensure that this project does not promote behaviours that decrease public safety when compared to existing conditions.

To reduce the risks at Pearson St near Croudace Street, it was decided to potentially restrict left turn movements from Croudace Street into Pearson St, as this was identified as a major "rat-run" movement for vehicles bypassing the signalised intersection at Howe Street. With changes to traffic conditions likely to happen once the Jesmond to Rankin Park bypass is completed, the treatments and restrictions at Croudace Street will be reviewed as appropriate.

To minimise disturbance to trees, 2.5m has been chosen and should be sufficient for the expected volume of cyclists and pedestrians. The expectation is that more confident, faster cyclists will continue to use Howe Street.

This project was primarily to provide a safe route for cyclists. However, noting the proximity to the school, it did aim to benefit the school community by providing traffic calming, safer crossing points and improved cycling connectivity.

CN, Transport for NSW, and other stakeholders are currently working with the school to address the safety and amenity around Lambton Public School.

These are outside the scope of this project. It is important that projects stay well-defined and manageable to ensure they achieve their objectives within a budget. However, other projects within the pedestrian program and local area traffic management program will address issues in Elder Street.

Yes, we have consulted with our stormwater team and we will do flood impact studies as part of the detailed design. Please note that Lambton Park stormwater issues are outside the scope of this project.

An issue noted by the community was the concern around Grainger Street, particularly at the intersection with Pearson Street. It is proposed to restrict Grainger Street to one-way southbound as this reflected the main movements along this road and lined up with the parking on the east side of the road. Morehead St can be used instead of Grainger St for northbound traffic flow. A contraflow cycle lane on Grainger Street will accommodate cycling towards Elder Street to ensure permeability remains for active transport options.

A shared path would not be possible in the constrained verge, with established trees that could be impacted. A footpath would be outside the scope of this project. However, it may be considered as part of the Pedestrian Program.

Drainage considerations and coherence of paths for cyclists played a role to redesign the crossings near Lambton Park.  As pointed out by some community members, the original design was confusing for cyclists, with an expectation for westbound cyclists to cross a pedestrian crossing (there wasn't enough width for a combined crossing). There was also the potential for crowding on the corner between the crossings.

Several people suggested moving the crossing closer to Howe St and this made sense from a drainage perspective as well as reducing crowding and confusion. A kerb extension with off/on ramps opposite Pearson St also gives a more direct option for people who do not need a priority crossing. Introducing this option may also reduce traffic impacts of the crossing, because people choosing the direct path opposite Pearson St won't stop traffic.

The signals are the responsibility of TfNSW, and CN has passed on the feedback related to the concerns raised to TfNSW. The current phasing supports the major north/south movement through the intersection, and likely all intersections will be reviewed in consideration with the connection of the Newcastle Bypass.

CN endeavours to limit the parking spaces impacted but accepts some parking loss is necessary to ensure we create effective and safe infrastructure. Through planning for better pedestrian and cycling access to businesses and homes, CN is working towards creating precincts with much improved connectivity with less reliance on parking.

CN is continually working to manage the efficient use of on-street parking to meet the community's needs across the city. Parking is a key component of transport management and is considered under any precinct transport plan. We will continue to address local areas where parking issues are identified as per the guidelines outlined in CN's adopted Parking Plan. 

The connection between Lambton Park and Croudace Street is a major gap in one of our more frequented cycling routes and is a key connection for people going to the hospital, university or suburbs further west, which are expanding. Therefore, it is prioritised in our cycling program and it's important to complete some improvements promptly.  Further work may be considered upon completion of the bypass.

Project timeline

October - November 2022
Council considers submissions

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