Urgent meeting sought on crossing

Byron Council is seeking an urgent meeting with the State Government to get a decision on a second rail crossing for Byron Bay which it says is needed to make any headway on alleviating traffic tangles in the town.
Mayor Cr Jan Barham said the council couldn’t do anything until approval was given for a second crossing, and the council would be seeking a meeting with the relevant ministers as soon as possible.
Consultants have recommended a mini-bypass making use of the existing emergency rail crossing at the southern end of the railway station as one of the options for easing traffic chaos in the town.
In conjunction with the mini-bypass, the consultants recommended a new roundabout be built at the intersection of Jonson and Marvell streets and a new lane added at the Shirley, Butler and Lawson streets roundabout.
At its meeting last week, the council voted to receive a report on the design work that has been done in relation to the development application for the mini-bypass.
After an Easter of traffic chaos in Byron Bay, Cr Barham said the only solution to avoid that chaos was to keep cars out of the town. To do that, she said, ‘other opportunities’ had to be provided
That included park and ride systems and possibly making use of the existing rail line with a shuttle train. Said Cr Barham: “But we can’t do anything until we get that second crossing.”
At last week’s meeting, the council called for a report on the suitability of front-to-kerb parking at Byron Bay and other traffic demand management measures that could improve the amenity of the town.
It also called for a report on using the Butler Street reserve for possible paid parking and moving the monthly Sunday market to the top section of the reserve.

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