New South Wales
As you are aware the residents largest concerns are traffic and parking. I have read the submissions and strongly disagree with the assessment on parking for teachers, it is not practice to expect teachers to use public transport with the hours they work and the equipment require. I feel the parking spaces are underestimated.
Additionally for the tafe the parking takes into consideration the current parking spaces, but not the places displaced from the new build of the schools. Neither does it allow for the growth of numbers.
The area bound by Bowden Street to the East; the trainline to the West; Constitution Road to the South and Victoria Road to the North will be flooded with pedestrians, bikes and vehicle traffic for the primary school; high school; TAFE and employees.
The area currently forms a rat run. Particularly with the changes from Bowden street driving traffic through forsyth St. The roads are dangerous and accidents requiring emergency vehicles (eg paramedics) often occur. As part of a rat run, traffic speeds through and includes a mix of heavy vehicles, light industry vehicles, P plate TAFE students, petrol tankers, construction vehicles. Adding to that school children is a high risk
Every effort must be made to eliminate the current traffic from passing through this area, ie the only traffic should be that requiring access to the school/TAFE.
Suggestions include turning Forsyth St into a Cul-de-sac.
Reinstate the Right Hand turn from Bowden onto Victoria Road (going West)
Slow/eliminate traffic from Macpherson, eg no traffic turning right into Macpherson Street from Bowden
The Meadowbank precinct, with excessive overdevelopment, was developed with no thought for traffic. Please ensure safety is the forefront of any decisions made. As Ryde Council have advised via written communication there are ‘not enough serious accidents’ to fix current dangerous intersections (eg Macpherson St/See St and crossing at end of See St near Constitution Rd) please ensure Greater Sydney Planning takes responsibility and fixes the issues.
The See St/McPherson/Forsyth intersection will only increase in danger if access from Forsyth St into Victoria Rd continues
Additionally the bust stop on Victoria Rd city bound opposite Forsyth St will encourage children to run across Victoria rd to access Forsyth st I suggest it be moved a block to encourage use of the Bowden st lights