13.4 C
Byron Shire
April 21, 2021

Traffic lights for Ewingsdale interchange

Latest News

Byron Drag Racers World Record

The local AAA Racing motorcycle team have set a new world record in 100cc class, as well as a top national speed in 50cc class at the recent Australian Speed Week held at Salt Lake Gairdner, South Australia.

Other News

Could pyrolysis help solve the plastics crisis?

Philippe Dupuy from the Lismore Environment Centre thinks there is a role for pyrolysis technology in dealing with the global plastic waste dilemma, with new technology making it possible to turn plastic waste into a useful resource.

MardiGrass is on and Nimbin is ready to roll

The recent cancellation of Bluesfest sent a shiver up the spine of MardiGrass host Michael Balderstone, as visions of the same fate awaiting the annual protest at Nimbin came too close for comfort.

DPI has an eye on Lismore’s yellow crazy ants

The yellow crazy ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes) is a species of ant, originally from Southeast Asia, that has been accidentally introduced to numerous places in the world – including Lismore.

MVP is its own award

It’s easy to get excited about Byron’s new MVP restaurant in Lawson St – it’s not only got standout dishes such as Blue Spirulina Linguine with blue swimmer crab and Yamba prawns, and Fettuccine al Ragù with Hayters Hill beef ragù sauce, feta and baby peas, but it’s also all sustainably sourced from local growers, available in takeaway (even delivered if you’re close to town) and more than half of the menu is plant-based.

Sally Flannery discovers dark side of ‘Lovemore’

Since declaring her interest in running for Lismore Council, local woman Sally Flannery has been subjected to sustained attacks, both online and upon her property.

Coalition ‘hellbent’

Mat Morris, Bangalow The NSW coalition seems to be hellbent on outdoing their federal counterparts when it comes to the denigration...

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 www.rms.nsw.gov.au 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’.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. 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. 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. 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.

    • 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. 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. 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. 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.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Your Local Club Academy Games

The North Coast Academy of Sport prepared its largest squad ever to compete at the 2021 Your Local Club Academy Games, held in the Hunter region last weekend.

Entertainment in the Byron Shire for the week beginning 21 April, 2021

Check out entertainment listings for the week, with music, dance, cinema and all sorts events happening in and around the Byron Shire

Interview with Toni Childs

Internationally celebrated musician, Emmy winner and three times Grammy nominee Toni Childs is bringing her show to The Brunswick Picture House. With two acts, Childs is promising a special two hour performance as she celebrates her vast catalogue of music, which also saw her celebrate the 30th anniversary of her critically acclaimed album Union in 2019.

Jungle juice

There are times when water just doesn’t cut it. And luckily, for those times, there is Jungle Juice.