A proposal to improve the issue of bus turning traffic onto John Street by re-routing buses onto Hunter Street, and making Hunter Street one way from John Street to Church Street, is being reassessed following feedback and concerns from residents and the community.
Further feedback and discussions will be held with the Transport for NSW, the Department of Education and the community to improve the safety of school children around Singleton Public School.
In the meantime, Singleton Council is progressing design work for the $7 million Town Centre - Stage 2 Upgrade, encompassing John Street from the Ryan Avenue intersection north to Campbell Street to the New England Highway, with the aim to enhance the gateways to the Town Centre from the highway as well as improve traffic flow and pedestrian connectivity.
Draft designs have been unveiled for community feedback, with submissions extended until Tuesday 24 December 2019.
Key inclusions are:
- Tree plantings on John Street and Campbell Street
- New street lighting
- Undergrounding of power
- Baileys Union Park improvements
- Improved pedestrian connectivity at the John and Campbell streets intersection
- Potential for heritage treatment in Pearces Park
People can view the draft design at Council's Administration Centre or online at www.singleton.nsw.gov.au
"The Stage 2 upgrade is a continuation of the street beautification that occurred under the first stage in John Street and Ryan Avenue," Mark Ihlein, Council's Director Planning and Infrastructure Services said.
"It also includes improvements to the Campbell Street intersection as well as traffic and parking management, landscaping, street lighting, underground power, footpath improvements and upgrades to Baileys Union Park.
"We've already had some fantastic feedback from people about a range of components of the project, from the colour of the street trees through to the opportunities for recreation in Baileys Union Park and we're keen to hear from more people right up until Christmas."
Mr Ihlein said discussions about the safety of school buses using the intersection of John and Elizabeth streets as well as schoolchildren in Hunter Street had also been productive.
"At this stage, we are now focusing on the design for John and Campbell streets with a view to progressing to tender and construction in the new year," he said.
"Construction works are anticipated to commence in May/June 2020, and extensive consultation with business owners and other stakeholders will commence in the new year.
"But some very valid issues have been raised in regard to schoolchildren and parents using Hunter Street during busy school drop-off and pick-up times, in addition to the issues around school buses turning right out of Elizabeth Street onto John Street, which requires further investigation.
"Council will be continuing those discussions with the appropriate stakeholders and the community at the appropriate time."
The Singleton Town Centre Upgrade - Stage 2 project is funded in partnership between Singleton Council and the RestartNSW Resources for Regions program.
Submissions about the Town Centre Upgrade - Stage 2 landscape design may be made in writing and addressed to the General Manager, Singleton Council via post to PO BOX 314 Singleton NSW 2330 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org