Australian Road Ministry announces plans to ease traffic at Sydney Airport

18 February 2016 (Last Updated February 18th, 2016 18:30)

Australian Minister for Roads Duncan Gay has announced the implementation of a series of traffic relief measures and the formation of Airport Traffic Coordination Committee to prevent traffic gridlocks at the Sydney International Airport.

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Australian Minister for Roads Duncan Gay has announced the implementation of a series of traffic relief measures and the formation of Airport Traffic Coordination Committee to prevent traffic gridlocks at the Sydney International Airport.

Traffic congestion at the airport continues to plague the travellers even after the $500m road and transport upgrades initiated by the NSW Government and Sydney Airport.

Gay said: "It is totally unacceptable that people are missing flights or are sitting in traffic for way too long trying to get in and around Sydney Airport - we have to do better.

"It is totally unacceptable that people are missing flights or are sitting in traffic for way too long trying to get in and around Sydney Airport - we have to do better."

"Projects like the internal airport road upgrades, widening of Marsh Street and Joyce Drive, and WestConnex will transform the way people use the airport in the next few years but we have to get the network working as best we can now."

As immediate measures to reduce congestion, the government uses the electronic signs to suggest alternative roads to the drivers.

It also uses the Police Motorcycle Response Unit and other means to prevent traffic from queueing at intersections such as at M5 East-Marsh Street.

Gay has also requested the travellers to avail the train service between Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) and Sydney Airport, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

The government has also set up an Airport Traffic Coordinator to handle airport traffic flow as well as immediately respond to any incident.

The Airport Traffic Coordination Committee has been formed to frame an action plan, such as potential removal of traffic lights and bettering internal traffic circulation system, for immediate implementation. It comprises of Sydney Airport, Transport Management Centre, NSW Police, and Roads and Maritime Services.

More traffic-easing measures will be taken over the next few weeks including the installation 24-hour clearway on Marsh Street to reduce congestion due to parked vehicles, and matching of traffic lights to prevent hold ups and to ensure that drivers can use the airport only when there is capacity to do so.

Improving line marking at the M5 East and Marsh Street intersection is also a part of the plan to stop unnecessary queueing at the intersection.


Image: Traffic relief measures are being taken to ease congestion at Sydney Airport. Photo: courtesy of Mathieumcguire/Wikipedia.