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Portman Lane, Navins Lane and Merton Street – project update

6 months ago

The City of Sydney is continuing with plans to revitalise Portman Lane, Navins Lane and Merton Street (south of Portman Street) and create a shared zone with a reduced 10 km/h speed limit. This will increase safety for all who use the lane.

The Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee considered the proposal at its meeting on Wednesday 15 February 2017 and endorsed the shared zone.

At this meeting, the City received a petition signed by Portman Street residents, requesting that Portman Lane, Navins Lane and Merton Street remain two-way.

The City and Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) considered this request but remain concerned that vehicles will travel faster, particularly downhill, within a two way system, which may pose a safety risk for pedestrians. Also taking into account the narrow width of Portman Lane, and the volume of people expected to use the lanes, the City and RMS are of the view the design should be one-way to ensure the safety of all users.

It is therefore recommended the planned shared zone be one-way, except for the southern end of Portman Lane, which would remain two-way. This proposal will be considered by the Planning and Development Committee on Monday 20 March and Council on 27 March 2017.

In response to feedback from residents, the City will implement two-hour restricted permit parking for three car spaces in Merton Street, south of Portman Street. We will do this as part of the upgrade works.

New pedestrian entry points to the Green Square town centre have recently opened, including the stairs at the end of Merton Street down to Barker Street, and the ramp from Portman Lane to Tweed Place.
We expect to start the upgrade works in April and they are expected to take six weeks to complete, depending on the weather.

We will notify residents before works start. For more information about this project, please contact Adam McInnes on 02 9265 9333 or email