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End of the line? The railway bridge across Lismore Road at Binna Burra has recently been demolished. Photo Chris Dobney
The ‘Binna Burra bends’, a notorious stretch of the Bangalow-Lismore Road are to be realigned under a new draft plan currently on exhibition. Photo Chris Dobney

Regular users of the Lismore-Bangalow Road will know how frustrating is to be stuck behind a slow vehicle with few places to pass.

The recently released draft plan for the road corridor proposes two new passing lanes as well as road realignment in black spots such as the notorious ‘Binna Burra bends’.

Following what they refer to as ‘extensive stakeholder consultation’, Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services have released the Lismore-Bangalow Road draft corridor strategy for public consultation.

Short-term priorities identified include:

  • The development and construction of two overtaking lanes to improve travel times;
  • Minor road realignments to improve safety, particularly around Binna Burra and Springvale Hill;
  • Widening road shoulder widths, providing an ‘appropriate clear zone for errant vehicles’ and reviewing speed zones;
  • Retaining high value local amenity in villages such as Clunes and Bexhill, and addressing efficiency and congestion issues in the highly trafficked urban areas including Lismore.

Releasing the strategy on Friday, Nationals Lismore MP Thomas George said, ‘We recognise how important this road is to the local community and the thousands of workers who use it every day so we want to ensure that road safety is improved and that traffic growth is effectively managed.

‘I also want to take this opportunity to welcome feedback from north coast communities on whether the improvements identified address the issues along this important link between Lismore and the Byron Bay coastal area,’ he added.

The draft strategy is on exhibition for four weeks and can be downloaded from the Roads and Maritime website.

To provide feedback or comments, email [email protected], call 6640 1300 or write to Lismore to Bangalow Road Corridor Strategy, Roads and Maritime Services, PO Box 546, Grafton NSW 2460.



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  1. Slow vehicles don’t travel the Bangalow-Lismore road.
    There is a destination at each end of the road and not much in-between to stop for, so drivers are going to either destination. That means slow drivers are not very often on that road. It is an excellent road.

    • That’s a silly thing to say. There are many slow drivers, cars, trucks, trade vehicles, farm vehicles, etc travelling that road every day of the week. Almost every time I travel it.

  2. I agree Dr Whoo – there are many slow vehicles on this road and there are, far too often, drivers who travel too fast for the conditions. We live on this road in one of the 100km/hour stretches and it is often dangerous to enter/exit our driveway. A max speed limit of 80 or 90 km/hour would be safer.


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