Traffic lights for Ewingsdale interchange

Hans Lovejoy

The Byron Shire is about to have its first traffic control signals installed.

Owing to ‘significant delays’ and ‘safety hazard with traffic queuing on the southbound slow lane of the highway’, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) have announced $750,000 for traffic lights. 

Referred also as ‘metering’, the strategy aims to ‘manage traffic flow and reduce highway congestion during peak traffic periods for motorists travelling to Ewingsdale and Byron Bay’.

The two page project update available at does not explain what public consultation occurred, or whether other options were considered to reach the decision. It does say, however, that ‘traffic modelling shows traffic control signals at this location will improve traffic flow from the Pacific Highway onto Ewingsdale Road’. 

‘TfNSW is also working with Byron Shire Council to explore whole of transport solutions to the travel patterns in the Byron LGA’. 

Changes to the Byron Bay Hospital roundabout were made in 2019, say RMS, ‘In an effort to reduce congestion along Ewingsdale Road’. 

Inexplicably, RMS designed a one lane roundabout in front of the new Byron hospital, which has resulted in a bottleneck for traffic.

Tom Lane, who will soon hand over The Farm on Ewingsdale Road to new owners, told The Echo he had been in discussion with RMS over a numbers of years to sell some of the land to widen the road. 

Widening the road 

He said, ‘But we haven’t been presented a design, or been given info on how much land is required’. 

He added that the impact on The Farm is unknown, as ‘infrastructure will have to be relocated’.

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8 responses to “Traffic lights for Ewingsdale interchange”

  1. Ross Phillips says:

    If ever there was a ‘signal’ that it’s time to move on, it’s this depressing article.

    The juggernaut, that is human growth and decimation of our biodiversity, grinds on, everywhere !

  2. Roz Goodchild says:

    Every reason we moved here is slowly disappearing. They need to widen the road or have a bypass from Ewingsdale to Old Bangalow Rd. Traffic lights will cause even longer queues…roundabouts keep things moving.
    This is not only upsetting it’s more of our money being thrown at white elephants!

  3. Roger Seccombe says:

    As a Traffic Engineer, I cannot help but wonder at the incompetence of the RMS. The current situation can back the traffic up Hinterland Way towards Bangalow; i doubt that this proposed ‘solution’ will aleviate that problem. So, to get to the north of Ewingsdale from Bangalow we will sometimes have to loop via Coolamon Scenic Drive; good one, RMS.
    Suggestion: RMS, do a competent design/construct first time, next time.

    • Arho says:

      Traffic lights won’t alleviate the traffic from Bangalow. The issue is obviously the location of the Thursday morning markets. This is when the traffic is a disaster. Move the markets.

  4. Elisabeth Newhouse says:

    WHAT ????? I cant believe what I am reading . This idea will certainly make the traffic situation worse than it is . At least its moving SLOWLY but moving. The only thing it may improve is that traffic coming out of Mcgettigans lane around 9am from people dropping kids off at Steiner. They will get a chance to get onto the crowded Ewingsdale Road. Do the people who make these plans actually come and have a look ???? Its a worry seems they dont have a clue. Lets get West Byron in the mix too and we will have to book accomodation in Byron because it will take that long to get back home. All I can say is I am glad I can go shopping in Ballina.

  5. Liz L says:

    The current roundabout at the end of Ewingsdale Rd is chaotic and dangerous. Much as we’d all like traffic in the area to go back to the way it was a couple of decades ago this is unlikely. Traffic lights won’t reduce the congestion but they can reduce danger by greater and clearer control of traffic movement.

    It’s time Byron Shire residents placed safety and sanity first and got over this crazy mindset about traffic lights. The Lawson Street roundabouts don’t work in our peak traffic and beachside Suffolk Park residents are often trapped in situ by the one clogged exit onto Bangalore Road.

  6. Bref says:

    1. Add on/off ramps north side of Bangalow motorway interchange (which genius decided they weren’t necessary?)
    2. Upgrade St Helena road
    3. Extend McGettigans Lane to Skinners Shoot Road
    4. Extend Skinners Shoot Road or Yagers Lane to Bangalow Road
    5. Access from Skinners Shoot Road to Cemetery Road
    6. 4 lane roundabout at hospital
    7. Duplicate Ewingsdale Road

    Problem solved…
    Won’t happen in my lifetime of course.

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