Grosvenor Lane Shared Zone
North Sydney Council will be upgrading Grosvenor Lane between Ben Boyd Road and Young Street to a Shared Zone, commencing Nov 2019.
This will see the laneway upgraded to include new paving, furniture, landscaping and night time safety improvements by implementing current lighting standards.
Grosvenor Lane Shared Zone 2019 (217KB)
A Shared Zone is a road or network of roads where the road space is shared safely by vehicles and pedestrians. The maximum speed limit is always 10 km/h (this is close to walking speed for most pedestrians). There may be no road lines, kerb or gutter in a Shared Zone to show that pedestrians and vehicles are equal. Drivers must give way to pedestrians at all times. Vehicles can only stop in a Shared Zone if they obey the parking signs and park in marked bays (if available). Drivers travelling at the lower speed are more in control of their vehicles.
What is involved in introducing a Shared Zone?
The project will include: full width pedestrian paving (similar to Young Lane), new garden beds, tree planting, bike racks, bins, and lighting adjustments to bring them up to the standard of North Sydney Council and the RMS. To encourage drivers to drivers to reduce speed, the carriageway will be reduced in width while maintaining access for driveways and parking.
Why is this being introduced?
This is part of a larger project (Public Domain Upgrade) to make Neutral Bay more appealing as a shopping destination for residents and visitors. Council has been revitalising the shopping and commercial strip to make it more attractive for shoppers and reinforce the ‘village vibe’. The introduction of a Shared Zone will improve accessibility and there will be tactiles in key locations to improve access for people that are visually impaired. Introduction of a Shared Zone was an identified treatment in Council’s Local Area Traffic Management Plan (LATM) for Zone 5. Item T.41 identifies that Grosvenor Lane between Ben Boyd Road and Young Street has ‘high pedestrian activity but no footpaths.’
Timeline and Enquiries
Construction is expected to commence in November 2019.
Enquiries to Council’s Engineering Project Manager, Shahid Rehman, on 0435 824 468.
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