New South Wales
Neighbourhood Forum 7 has been agitating over a long period of time for changes to the traffic rules applying to Northcliffe Drive with a view to diverting all large truck movements to Five Islands Road.
For information, 1) Northcliffe Drive runs from Kembla Grange to Warrawong and almost exclusively passes through residential suburbs, 2) There are a significant number of residential frontages to Northcliffe Drive in Berkeley, Lake Heights and Warrawong and vehicle access to each of the abovementioned residential properties is directly on to and off Northcliffe Drive, 3) A footpath runs parallel to Northcliffe Drive for most of its length, 4) A traffic lighted pedestrian crossing is located at the intersection of Bristol/Sussex Streets and Northcliffe Drive, 5) Two Schools - Lake Illawarra High and Lake Heights Primary School - have boundaries adjoining Northcliffe Drive. School buses drop off and pick up students attending Lake Illawarra Sport High from a bus stop located on Northcliffe Drive. Parents drop off and pick up students (on foot and in vehicles) attending Lake Heights Primary School at its Northcliffe Drive entrance. School buses drop off and pick up students attending Lake Heights Primary School from bus stops located on the northern and southern sides of Northcliffe Drive, 6) A safety crossing is located at the location of the Lake Heights Primary School Northcliffe Drive entrance.
The Forum Concerns are:- 1) Noise pollution arising from a general increase in traffic volumes is a concern. There is a particular concern regarding noise pollution arising from increased heavy vehicle (Trucks with dog trailers, B Doubles and Semi Trailers) traffic movements on Northcliffe Drive. The use of exhaust brakes by heavy vehicles is exacerbating this concern, 2) There are concerns related to air pollutant emissions arising from a general increase in Northcliffe Drive traffic volumes, particularly emissions from heavy vehicles (Trucks with dog trailers, B Doubles and Semi Trailers), and the negative impact that this has on human health, 3) Heavy vehicle (Trucks with dog trailers, B Doubles and Semi Trailers) movements are resulting in increased levels of dust and vibration. The weight of the heavy vehicles (Trucks with dog trailers, B Doubles and Semi Trailers) may be contributing to road subsidence at a number of sites along the length of Northcliffe Drive e.g. in front of 83 and 368 Northcliffe Drive Lake Heights. There is a concern that the weight of these vehicles and the associated vibration may be negatively impacting on sewerage and water services along the length of Northcliffe Drive, 4) Having in mind the information provided above, the negative impact of increased traffic volumes on Public Safety in terms of the potential for motor vehicle accidents involving pedestrians, cyclists, school students and vehicles entering and exiting residences cannot be overstated, 5) There is an over arching concern that Northcliffe Drive is beginning to be used as a primary heavy transport link whereas this was not previously the case.
It is an issue of grave concern that Manildra is proposing to use A-Double tankers and for such tankers to use Northcliffe Drive as an approved route. These are very large trucks, 35 metres in length, that are appreciably longer than B-Double and Semi Trailer trucks. Approval of Manildra's proposal will exacerbate the pedestrian and vehicle safety concerns that NF7 has previously raised.
Planning and Environment is urged to specify the routes that trucks must use and specifically prohibit the use of Northcliffe Drive.
Convenor - Neighbourhood Forum 7