Lane Cove Council Commences Work on Two Intersection Upgrades

This week Lane Cove Council will start working on upgrades on two Lane Cove intersections.  The two intersections are:

  • Burns Bay Road/Tambourine Bay Road/Coxs Lane roundabout intersection;
  • River Road West/Northwood Road/Longueville Road intersection.

The roundabout at the Burns Bay Road/Tambourine Bay Road/Coxs Lane intersection will be replaced with traffic signals.

The work may be noisy at times, but Lane Cove Council has stated they will do everything they can to minimise its impact, including completing the noisier tasks during daytime. If nightworks are proposed, impacted residents will be informed via an additional letter box drop prior to works commencing.

Some traffic changes are required during construction and traffic controllers will assist in the diversion of traffic to allow for safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians at all times.

The upgrade to both intersections is expected to be complete by February 2021 (weather permitting).

If you have feedback or concerns about the works please contact Ms Sashika Perera, Coordinator Traffic and Transport on 9911 3581.

Burns Bay Road/Tambourine Bay Road/Coxs Lane Roundabout

In 2017 Lane Cove Council undertook community consultation on traffic changes to the Lane Cove Village. The consultation included a range of different traffic and parking arrangements including the proposed signals, to help plan for the overall traffic flow in the Village. The majority of respondents supported the installation of signals at the Burns Bay Road/Tambourine Bay Road intersection.

The installation of traffic signals at Tambourine Bay Road/Burns Bay Road is part of a plan to improve pedestrian safety at this intersection while providing infrastructure to help ease traffic congestion.

Key features of the project include:

  • The removal of the existing roundabout and associated traffic islands;
  • The installation of traffic signals, including pedestrian crossings on all four approaches;
  • The closure of Sutherland Street where it meets Coxs Lane;
  • Changes to the cycle lane eastbound along Burns Bay Road to divert cyclists onto a Shared User Path across the intersection;
  • Designation of ‘No Stopping’ and ‘No Parking’ areas which is required to accommodate queue lengths;
  • The removal of several existing street trees to allow for the proposed road upgrade which will be replaced with appropriate trees for the location; and
  • New signage and line marking.

Permanent changes to parking on Burns Bay Road/Tambourine Bay Road and Sutherland St

The new traffic signals will result in the removal of some of the time restricted kerbside parking along Burns Bay Road, Tambourine Bay Road and Sutherland Street and the introduction of ‘No Stopping’ and ‘No Parking’ zones. The kerbside parking that will be impacted as a result of the upcoming intersection works includes:

  • 40 metres of Burns Bay Road west approach (northern side) in front of 67 Burns Bay Road (8 parking spaces);
  • 30 metres of Burns Bay Road east approach (northern side) in front of Child Care Centre (6 spaces);
  • 30 metres of Burns Bay Road east approach (southern side) in front of Birrahlee Reserve (6 spaces);
  • 30 metres of Sutherland Street, western side (1 Disabled Parking Space); and
  • 40 metres of Tambourine Bay Road, western side (6 spaces).

River Road West/Northwood Road/Longueville Road

In the Cove lobbied the Lane Cove Council, the RMS and Anthony Roberts for upgrades to this intersection to reduce the number of accidents.  We have lost count of the number of articles we wrote about this intersection. In September 2018 we wrote an article entitled  Does there need to be a Fatality Before Action will be taken on Lane Cove’s Most Dangerous Intersection?

one of the main accidents at northwood road/longueville road/river road

Eventually, black spot funding was applied for in 2018. 

On 7 February 2019, the NSW Government announced a $1 million grant towards the upgrade of this intersection. With this grant, Lane Cove Council commenced the development of detailed plans for construction.

Changes to the signals happened last year and there has been a decline in accidents.  However further work was still needed to stop drivers who were confused about the turn into Longueville Road.

Works will take place to realign the intersection to exaggerate the right turn from Northwood Road into Longueville Road to reinforce its status as a side street. The upgrade will make sure movement from Northwood Road into River Road West is the main through movement which will reduce confusion amongst drivers.

Lane Cove Council worked with Transport for NSW (TfNSW) to develop a proposal to improve the safety of this intersection.

The upgrade will address a long-standing accident hot spot while also allowing right turn access from Longueville Road into River Road for all vehicles (which is currently open to buses only).

Key features of the project include:

  • A redesign of the Northwood Road approach to better align the through movement and exaggerate the right turn into Longueville Road;
  • Addition of a designated right-turn lane from Longueville Road onto River Road West;
  • Relocation of the western pedestrian crossing on River Road West to the eastern approach;
  • Modification to the existing bicycle path to maintain the connection between Longueville Road and Kenneth Street;
  • Relocation of existing bus stops southbound on Longueville Road;
  • Adjustment to concrete medians and reinstatement of pavement at the intersection; and
  • Associated signage and line marking.

Our cover photo shows the work to be undertaken.

This is a step in the right direction.  ITC first started its campaign to improve this intersection in 2016.  It has been frustrating particularly when you receive letters like below – passing the buck.  This letter was received after the Lane Cove Council had asked the RMS to investigate the intersection.


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