Traffic and Pedestrians
The remediation works involved the use of trucks to transport soil, equipment and temporary infrastructure to and from the project site. RailCorp and the project team committed to using large, arterial roads for transporting these items to reduce the project’s impact on the community.
The site access point for trucks and other vehicles was at Erskineville Rd (opposite Erskineville Station). Trucks were only allowed to turn left in and left out of the driveway at this point. Beyond the driveway, the trucks travelled along an internal access road that had been separated from the rail corridor by concrete barriers and fencing.
Some items that were too large to transport along the internal access road required delivery via the Macdonaldtown Stabling Yards entrance at Burren St, Erskineville. On the rare occasion this was required, nearby residents were notified beforehand in accordance with the Project Approval.
The Erskineville Rd site access was managed during project hours by traffic controllers accredited with NSW Roads and Maritime Services. The traffic controllers managed pedestrian movements across the driveway whenever trucks were using it. The general public were unable to enter the site at this point and were directed to the Burren St project office entrance or the Project Information Line, 1800 009 414, if they had an enquiry.
Truck drivers were instructed to drive carefully, give way to pedestrians and abide by all speed limits on the roads they were using. Whenever a truck driver arrived at the site, a traffic controller ran through a commercial driver’s induction with him or her to familiarise the driver with aspects of the site and the site’s road rules, as well as permitted routes of travel and other important information.
During the project’s backfilling phase of works there were about five truck movements into the site per hour and five out of the site per hour. On other days, very few truck movements occurred.
The plan for the management of traffic and pedestrians during the project met the relevant statutory requirements, as well as the requirements of the City of Sydney and NSW Roads and Maritime Services.