Newcastle Light Rail Safety review released
A review into the safety of cyclists on Scott Street in the mixed running section of the Newcastle Light Rail has been completed.
Minister for Transport Andrew Constance said the safety review was carried out following the tragic death of Danny Egan in July.
“We extend our sincere condolences to Danny’s wife and to his three children,” Mr Constance said
“While NSW Police are investigating the circumstances around the incident and will provide a report to the Coroner, Transport for NSW has also conducted a review to see what can be done to improve safety.”
The safety review examined crash statistics, road user behaviour and existing road safety mechanisms.
Transport for NSW also consulted with various stakeholders including cycling groups and NSW Police.
“The NSW Government will adopt all eight recommendations made in the review,” Mr Constance said.
Executive Director for the Centre for Road Safety Bernard Carlon said from tomorrow cyclists will no longer be allowed to access the 340 metre mixed running section of the Newcastle Light Rail along Scott Street.
“Permanent signage will also be installed overnight to advise cyclists not to ride in that section of the light rail route,” Mr Carlon said.
Transport for NSW will continue to work with the City of Newcastle to identify an appropriate east-west cycle route through the city.
New warning signage and supporting road markings will be installed along the light rail network which will assist bike riders to cross the tracks at a safe angle.
Transport for NSW will also investigate new technologies which could be trialed in the future to help protect cyclists where they interact with light rail networks.
The review can be found at: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/downloads/review-newcastle-light-rail.pdf