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Concept 3


You wouldn't be able to drive on any of the Golden Mile and the existing road space would be transformed. There would be one bus lane in each direction (likely buses will stop in the lane to pick people up) and the additional lane changed into a footpath.

We’re proposing to consolidate bus stops to improve bus reliability and to increase space at and around bus stops, with no more than a five-minute walk to a bus stop for someone walking at an average speed.

This means buses would be able to move along the Golden Mile quicker.

With fewer vehicles on the road, and turning into side streets, it would be safer for people walking and on bikes. It would also be less crowded on the footpath – this proposal converts the extra lane and carparks to footpath and relocates loading zones and taxi parks to side streets, providing up to 75% more footpath, some of this space could be used for people biking and on scooters. There will also be more space for people to sit, spend time, or access businesses by repurposing the ends of closed side streets.

This concept could also include a dedicated or shared space for bikes and scooters on some parts of the Golden Mile.

Because this concept would completely change the way space is allocated, to see it come to life on the Golden Mile would cost around double what concepts 1 and 2 would.

As with all concepts, emergency services would still be able to access the Golden Mile.

Key changes proposed in this concept

Lambton Quay

  • No general traffic would be on Lambton Quay
  • There would be a single bus lane in each direction
  • The footpath on the east could be significantly widened and new spaces for people walking could be made where side streets are closed
  • The bus stops at Cable Car Lane and outside Farmers would be merged and located slightly north of Cable Car Lane

Willis Street

  • The single bus lane would be retained
  • No general traffic on Willis Street between Boulcott Street and Hunter Street
  • The bus stop near Chews Lane would be moved closer to Bond Street where there would be more room for people to wait
  • Some areas of footpath would be widened providing more space for people to walk

Manners Street

  • No general traffic would be on Manners Street
  • The single bus lane would be retained
  • The northbound bus stop near the corner of Willis Street and Manners Street would be removed
  • Bus stops on Manners Street near Cuba Street would be retained
  • Opportunity for Lower Cuba Street to become a shared street for people walking and on bikes and scooters

Courtenay Place

  • No general traffic would be on Courtenay Place
  • Tory Street (both sides) would be closed at Courtenay Place end 
  • Buses would have one lane in both directions
  • The bus stops outside the St James Theatre and Courtenay Central would be removed
  • Footpaths can be widened where parking and loading zones were removed and where side streets have been closed

For more detailed information take a look at our project page.

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