Sydney Metro West Infrastructure Project
The link below directs you the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Summary for the Sydney Metro West Infrastructure Project. This project builds the metro line that will run between Westmead and the Sydney CBD. Metro stations will be set up at Westmead, Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, North Strathfield, Five Dock, The Bays and the Sydney CBD.
What will the impact be on Great North Road, Five Dock?
During construction it is thought a minimum of 34 on-street car parking spaces will be removed. No advice has been provided on where in the Five Dock Local Centre additional parking will be provided to compensate. This could have a detrimental impact on the businesses located on Great North Road. In particular those located in the area of the construction.
There is a considerable amount of reliance on travel by car in the Five Dock Local Centre. A lack of available parking will place further pressure on the businesses.
No clarification has been provided on where new loading zones and mail zones will be located. The EIS indicates that the current loading zone located on the northern side of Henry Street, near Great North Road will be remove as will the mail zone on the northern side of Garfield Street near Great North Road. These services are obviously critical for the local businesses.
The report also states the following:
- During the morning peak hour between 7am to 8am, the eastern and western construction sites will generate 14 light vehicle movements and 8 heavy vehicle movements each.
- During the evening peak hour between 5pm to 6pm, the eastern and western construction sites will generate 12 light vehicle movements and 8 heavy each.
Great North Road will be the principle access route for the eastern and western construction sites. Construction in Five Dock will be 24 hours a day and it is predicted that total movements per day during phase 1 will be 168 each for the both construction sites.
The EIS notes “Potential temporary indirect business impacts could include temporary constraints or restrictions on servicing and delivery/access, amenity issues such as increase traffic congestion, noise, vibration and dust, changes to customer access and parking”
This will have a significant impact on business owners within the Five Dock Local Centre for approximately two years.
There are a number of pedestrian crossings on Great North Road. With the great number of elderly customers in the Five Dock Local Centre, there will be significant impact on pedestrian flows. This in turn will have a detrimental effect on the economic viability of the centre.
Noise and Vibration Impacts
The EIS notes there will be significant noise and vibration impacts on properties adjacent to the construction site.
Be sure to read the full report and keep yourself informed.