Hannell St Lights for Cycleway Crossing

Filed under News ~ by Press on  25 Jul 2012

26 July 2012 ~ Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) began work today on the shared path crossing Hannell St. near Throsby Creek

Traffic lights will be installed immediately north of the existing refuge to improve safety for both pedestrians and cyclists.

RMS plans to activate the new traffic lights by the end of September 2012. Work will be on Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 6am, weather permitting. Some work on weekends will also be needed between 6am and 4pm.

Motorists may experience minor delays during this work and a 40km/h speed limit will be enforced while work is carried out.

Member for Newcastle, Tim Owen, said the NSW Government is providing $300,000 under the State Cycleways Program to upgrade the existing .

This project will improve safety at this busy location and encourage more people to use the shared path," Mr Owen said.

This project has brought great relief to a number of community groups including the Newcastle Bike Ecology Centre, Newcastle Cycle Ways and the Tighes Hill Community Group who expressed concerns about the current safety of cyclists and pedestrians crossing four lanes of traffic along the busy road.

This crossing has been identified by Newcastle Council and local bicycle user groups as a critical point on the cycleway between Newcastle CBD and Newcastle University.

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