100,000 ADDITIONAL CARS A WEEK?
When a report was prepared using the NSW RTA Guide to Traffic Generating Developments, the calculation was that the traffic would increase by more than 230%. This is approximately 16,000 car movements every day. Multiply that by 7 and it’s 112,000 per week. This is still an underestimate because there are no schools and no planned services in West Byron so residents must travel elsewhere every day. That’s double the usual weekday traffic on Ewingsdale Road:
- The State Significant Approval (the rezoning) was granted by the Planning Minister based on a report that underestimated the amount of traffic to be created by West Byron residential and industrial zones. The claim was that traffic would only increase by 7-8%. How can this great error be ignored?
- Already the Bypass is overcrowded before it’s even built. The proposed Butler Street Bypass will divert only 7-20% of traffic from the town centre.
- The Bypass only starts at Butler Street roundabout so it will simply massively increase congestion there.
- Currently, traffic in Byron Bay can be at times intolerable and even unsafe. A larger road on Ewingsdale road will only increase the congestion at the Butler St roundabout. The roads inside the town itself have much more traffic on it already, exceeding the original design capacity. The mega development will make the traffic impossible.