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Use rail line for bypass, not Butler Street

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Butler St is a suburban road and a pedestrian thoroughfare for the Arts Factory traffic. Over 450 people wander across an already hazardous corner several times a day, often at night and while intoxicated.

Butler St is often the destination on market days. There are the major days where hundreds if not thousands of visitors to the farmers markets or the Sunday markets wander across Butler St from the beach or town. On a Thursday morning the traffic is at a standstill coming into town because the destination is the farmers market on Butler Street. This particular road comes to a standstill with pedestrian traffic on all of these occasions.

The council option for a bypass down Butler St will not solve the problem. There really needs to be some big picture thinking here for the next generations. This road is not suitable to be a major thoroughfare.

There is a vision for the future being put forward by ‘Grab the Rail’ for a multi modal transport corridor that would include pedestrians, light rail /tram, bike and car options. This vision could transform what is currently an unsightly and disused railway corridor into the transport heart of the community.

Clare Jerdan, Byron Bay


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