Raphael Lee Cass, Byron Bay
There’s a basic flaw in the Butler Street bypass that ignores engineering, traffic-flow numbers, and the environment’s ecosystems: human behaviour.
When the Sydney Harbour Tunnel opened in 1992 I drove across the Harbour Bridge on a weekday at 8.20am at 70km/h. What joy! I phoned my friends saying how quick it was. Everybody who had been suffering with public transport ran and got the keys to their cars. The result? You’d be lucky to drive at 30km/h today over the bridge or in the tunnel.
The Butler Street bypass will alleviate gridlock for five minutes, as the first stunned drivers weave their way through the bottleneck at Byron Music/Mitre 10, in amazement at the short time taken for the journey.
In two years, the traffic on Ewingsdale Road will be crawling as usual.
The solution is to discourage traffic into Byron CBD.
Disclaimer: I am not a clairvoyant.