Transport for NSW has paused the planned construction of pedestrian facilities on the Princes Highway at Bodalla to allow for further community consultation.
A Transport for NSW spokesperson said the local community’s feedback and input on significant projects like this is important, and that Transport for NSW is committed to ensuring the community is heard.
“We understand some community members have concerns about the planned safety upgrades to the Princes Highway at Bodalla which includes new pedestrian facilities,” the spokesperson said.
“We have paused the start of work on the project to allow for further consultation with the community. This will build on the community engagement carried out last year and provide the community with an opportunity to have their say as to how this project progresses.
“We know this can be a busy thoroughfare, particularly on weekends and during school holidays, and we are committed to ensuring we have a safe facility for pedestrians.
“Following community feedback in early 2021, the pedestrian facility was designed to include ‘No Stopping’ signs on the northbound side of the highway, a refuge and an extended kerb, to make it easier for locals and visitors to safely cross to access shops and services.”
Above: Following an immediate backlash to the design proposed by Transport NSW and their statement that they had consulted with the community the community declared they were going to protest the works until there was genuine consultation saying the financial implications to Bodalla businesses had not been considered and the option being suggested by Transport NSW was kneejerk at best.
A drop-in session will be held in Bodalla on Monday 9 May 2022 from 3pm to 7pm at the Bodalla Memorial Hall to provide the community an opportunity to learn more about the project, ask questions and talk directly to the project team.
Feedback gathered during this additional consultation will be considered by Transport for NSW and will help inform the future of the project.
For additional questions regarding this project and the upcoming drop-in session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 4253 2698