Finally a win for the community. We are about to see some changes to the streets and lanes around Alexandria but first, a bit of history…
Since early 2018 I have been meeting with residents of Maddox Street Alexandria about the massive disruption and disturbance of oversize trucks ignoring local weight limits and illegally use their street as a rat run. Even City of Sydney vehicles had been caught not only using the rat run, but also parking illegally. This has been an issue of public safety. The Lord Mayor resisted doing anything about it and rejected my motions to implement traffic calming measures for Maddox Street and the surrounding lanes. She refused to allow City Rangers to enforce infringement notices to vehicles violating the weight limit on City of Sydney roads.
After a huge struggle and several motions it was finally confirmed in that the City Rangers had the authorisation to enforce infringement notices to vehicles violating the weight limit on City of Sydney roads. This is was a great outcome for the residents however it was not enough to solve the problem. I have continued to put pressure on the Lord Mayor to explore alternative traffic calming measures to deter trucks rat running down Maddox Street and the surrounding lanes The existing roundabouts and garden beds were not effective in stopping this problem.
Finally – a win for the community. The City of Sydney has succumbed to the pressure and agreed to develop a Local Area Traffic Management (LATM) plan for Alexandria, Erskineville and St Peters. The plan contains a range of proposed road closures and treatment options. Transport for NSW has supported 17 of the 20 recommendations for street closures and traffic treatments around the area. This is a great outcome for the community however TfNSW doesn’t support the closure of Maddox Street. We will continue to work with the local community to support their demands for the full closure of Maddox Street.