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Byron traffic management needs online info

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Given that pressures on the road from the highway into Byron are likely to only get worse, why don’t we try to use this road better?

What is stopping the council providing online information about the current time to drive from the highway into Byron CBD as well as providing information about driving times across the last 24 hours or longer?

This way locals and tourists can make an informed decision about the best time to visit town and spread out the demand on the road.

Garth Luke, Mullumbimby

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  1. The Ewingsdale Road is blocked with traffic, so it is no use putting more traffic on that road or from that direction. Some of that traffic has to be gotton off that road. That means a new road from a new direction and a new entrance to Byron Bay. Either from the north along the beaches north of Byron, or from the east further south of Ewingsdale Road to
    Also to do parking properly, it means an Underground car park such as in Coolangatta. Coolangatta is now advancing further ahead than Tweed Heads as Coolangatta has Underground car parking but Tweed Heads does not.
    At Tweed Mall there was to be Underground car parking. It never eventuated. The Tweed Heads CBD pays for that timidness with loss of sales. There was to be Underground car parking at Tweed Heads campass of the Southern Cross University. It never eventuated. The university instead was moved to the Airport. There was to be Underground car parking at Kingscliff. It never eventuated. What the people need is a strong Council who will do things for the people and not count how much money it will cost. Yes it will cost a lot of money. Well now Tweed Heads and Kingscliff are now feeling the brunt of losing a lot of money because there are no Underground car parks.

    • Another road would only feed traffic into Byron Bay’s already congested town centre. What’s required is day tripper parking west of the railway line (doesn’t have to be underground) and a road layout that allows tourists to quickly go around town (or through town) to the beaches and Lighthouse.

  2. “What is stopping the council providing online information about the current time to drive from the highway into Byron CBD”

    Google Maps should be able to provide traffic information in real time. Google Traffic currently covers the Pacific Highway from the Qld border to just south of Bruns, but doesn’t cover Ewingsdale Road and Byron Bay for some reason.

    Perhaps there is some way to lobby Google to cover the Byron Bay area? They would certainly do a better job than Council.


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