Late night public transport trial for Kings Cross
City of Sydney Council has announced plans to make Bayswater Road a public transport only zone on Saturday nights in an effort to reduce congestion in the area.
The trial is being conducted in partnership with NSW Police, Transport for NSW and the NSW Taxi Council. It will see Bayswater Road between Darlinghurst Road and Ward Avenue closed to private vehicles from 9pm to 6am on March 22 & 29 and April 5.
The road will remain open for taxis, buses and emergency vehicles as well as residents.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the trial is being implemented in a further effort to boost safety in the area.
“Sydney’s late-night precincts face a variety of complex challenges, and the City is committed to taking action wherever we can,” the Lord Mayor said. “This trial has the potential to reduce taxi and public transport passenger waiting times, helping people get home quickly and safely.
Alongside other important initiatives like our precinct ambassador program, CCTV network expansion and LED lighting upgrade, we are taking prompt action to improve the situation for the thousands of residents, workers and visitors that move through the area each night.”
NSW Police will be stationed at both ends of the transport-only zone to manage vehicle access. Residents and businesses who regularly park in streets impacted by the closure will be issued with a permit to allow access to their properties.
Pedestrian surveys are also being carried out over six consecutive Saturday nights from 1 March to 5 April to gain more responses from local residents and businesses and visitors to the area.