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Councillor Angela Vithoulkas Question on Notice

In-ground traffic light trial (S129276)


1. By Councillor Vithoulkas


On 25 May 2016, the NSW Government announced an advertising campaign “Towards Zero” aimed at reducing injuries and fatalities on Sydney roads. The announcement

included a set of initiatives, one of which was a $250,000 trial of in-ground traffic light technology at key city centre intersections.  Since late January 2017, the installation of in-ground traffic light technology has

commenced at the intersections of Goulburn and Pitt Streets and Dixon and Hay Streets.

1. Where else in the city will it be trialled?

2. How long will the trials last?

3. What is the criteria to evaluate success or failure of the trial?

Answer by the Lord Mayor

Late last year, the NSW Government approached the City to inform of an intention to trial in-ground traffic signals at three CBD locations: Goulburn Street and Pitt Street, Dixon Street and Hay Street and Martin Place at Pitt Street.

The City was generally supportive of the trial, but raised concerns around the proposal to use Martin Place. The City advised against this location, on the grounds that it would detract from the Government’s plans to install a permanent memorial for the victims of the

Martin Place siege, which will feature lighting of its own, and that the lights would not fit with the heritage surrounds.

Earlier this year, the RMS progressed with the installation of the lighting at the intersections of Goulburn and Pitt Streets; and Dixon and Hay Streets. The City is unsure as to whether the RMS has any plans to include Martin Place at a later date.

The trial is being conducted by the RMS and TfNSW’s Centre for Road Safety. At this time, we are unsure how long the trial is planned to last and what criteria will be used to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the trial.


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