Millions Spent on Upgrading Centennial Avenue but RMS Overlooks the Worst Intersection

    You would have seen the large signs proclaiming the NSW Government has committed over $825 million to fixing pinch points across Sydney’s road network. The Pinch Point Program aims to reduce traffic delays, manage congestion and improve travel times on Sydney’s major roads, particularly during weekday peak periods.  The current roadworks at the Epping Road/Centennial Avenue Intersection will save 57 seconds on a typical commute.

    Lane Cove residents have consistently identified the Burns Bay Road/Penrose St Intersection as the intersection that delays a commute. This is an important intersection that provides a connection between two (2) major road corridors that run through the Lane Cove Local Government Area.

    When the State Government called for public comment on two initiatives aimed at improving commute times on Centennial Avenue (Clearways and changes to the Epping Road/Centennial Avenue Intersection) Lane Cove residents tried to tell RMS that the problem was the Burns Bay Road/Penrose Avenue Intersection.

    RMS ignored all feedback and their response was to prepare FAQ’s which makes it very clear that the RMS wanted standard clearway hours across the NSW road network and they will not look at “local issues“.

    An RMS spokesperson advised ITC “there are no current plans for work at the intersection of Burns Bay Road and Penrose Street at Lane Cove.”

    The video below shows the bottleneck leading up to the Penrose/Burns Bay Avenue Intersection.  Many commuters avoid Penrose street and travel along Buns Bay Road and turn near the Ambulance Station to head towards Hunters Hill.  This creates congestion at two points.

    The Lane Cove Council is trying to persuade the RMS to fund an upgrade at this intersection.  The main issue is the left turn from Penrose Street into Burns Bay Road whilst the through and right turn movements are minor. The current lane designation delays the left turn movement into Burns Bay Road causing congestion and increased travel times.

    The Lane Cove Council recommends upgrading the intersection by introducing an additional lane with dual left turn lanes and one shared through and right turn lane.  These modifications would optimise the operation of the signals and improve the turning path for the left turn from Penrose Street into Burns Bay Road.  Currently there is only one left turn lane from Penrose Street into Burns Bay Road and during peak periods this road experiences extensive traffic congestion.

    At the May Lane Cove Council meeting, Lane Cove Council resolved to write to Transport for NSW requesting the allocation of funding for the upgrade of the Burns Bay Road / Penrose Street intersection under the NSW Government’s Pinch Point Program.  The Lane Cove Council also resolved to write to our local member, The Hon. Anthony Roberts MP, Member for Lane Cove, requesting his support.

    If you would like to show support of Lane Cove Council’s move to improve this intersection contact our local member the Hon Anthony Roberts here and the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight here.


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