Portman Lane, Navins Lane and Merton Street

The City of Sydney is planning to upgrade Portman and Navins lanes and Merton Street south of Portman Street in Zetland. Our goal is to upgrade the laneways for local residents, and improve safety for residents walking or riding to and from Green Square town centre.

Thanks to everyone who attended a drop-in information session at The Green on Merton Street on Tuesday 25 October from 5pm to 7pm or provided feedback on the proposal during the consultation period.

We have considered all the community feedback and advice from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

We have developed a revised design, which you can view in the document library.

Please read our update below for a summary of the issues raised during consultation and how we have responded to this feedback.

This proposal will also be reported at the February meeting of the Local Cycling, Pedestrian and Traffic Calming Committee, with details below. All residents and businesses on Portman Street will be notified in December.

The City of Sydney is planning to upgrade Portman and Navins lanes and Merton Street south of Portman Street in Zetland. Our goal is to upgrade the laneways for local residents, and improve safety for residents walking or riding to and from Green Square town centre.

Thanks to everyone who attended a drop-in information session at The Green on Merton Street on Tuesday 25 October from 5pm to 7pm or provided feedback on the proposal during the consultation period.

We have considered all the community feedback and advice from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

We have developed a revised design, which you can view in the document library.

Please read our update below for a summary of the issues raised during consultation and how we have responded to this feedback.

This proposal will also be reported at the February meeting of the Local Cycling, Pedestrian and Traffic Calming Committee, with details below. All residents and businesses on Portman Street will be notified in December.

  • Portman Lane, Navins Lane and Merton Street – project update

    2 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... Continue reading


    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 amcinnes@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

  • Portman Lane, Navins Lane and Merton Street – revised design

    6 months ago
    Thank you for your time and feedback on the City of Sydney’s draft concept design to revitalise Navins Lane, Portman Lane and Merton Street (south of Portman Street). After reviewing community feedback and having further discussions with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), we have made changes to the design.

    The majority of respondents supported the shared zone. However, residents told us there should be a barrier between their garages and the street to protect them and their families from moving cars. To address these safety concerns, we amended the design to retain the existing concrete kerb in Portman Lane.

    However,... Continue reading

    Thank you for your time and feedback on the City of Sydney’s draft concept design to revitalise Navins Lane, Portman Lane and Merton Street (south of Portman Street). After reviewing community feedback and having further discussions with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), we have made changes to the design.

    The majority of respondents supported the shared zone. However, residents told us there should be a barrier between their garages and the street to protect them and their families from moving cars. To address these safety concerns, we amended the design to retain the existing concrete kerb in Portman Lane.

    However, the new design means there will be a loss of three car parking spaces on Portman Lane. In revising the design, we tried to retain the parking spaces but as Portman Lane is very narrow it was not possible to do this in compliance with the City’s parking regulations. We believe the advantages of implementing this safety measure in response to your concerns outweighs the benefits of retaining the car spaces.

    The City will retain the three existing parking spaces on Merton Street, south of Portman Street. Navins Lane does not contain existing parking spaces.

    The revised design incorporating your feedback includes:
    •resurfacing the roadway and retaining the existing concrete kerb in Portman Lane
    •reducing the height and location of new garden beds and kerb extensions to address privacy and access concerns.

    The City and RMS recommend going ahead with the one-way shared zone with a reduced 10 km/h speed limit to increase pedestrian safety, as Portman Lane is very narrow.

    Artist’s impressions of the revised design can be found in our document library. The City expects these works to begin in March 2017.

    For more information about this project and the consultation process, please contact Adam McInnes on 9265 9333 or email amcinnes@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

    Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee
    The Local Pedestrian, Cycling and Traffic Calming Committee will consider a report on this proposal at its meeting on Wednesday 15 February 2017.

    You can see the report after 5pm on the Thursday before the Committee meeting on the City’s website at: cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/council/about-council/meetings

    Printed copies of the report will be available at:
    •One Stop Shop, Level 2, Town Hall House, 456 Kent Street, Sydney
    •Green Square Neighbourhood Service Centre, 100 Joynton Avenue, Zetland

    The meeting starts at 2pm in the Town Hall Council Chamber at 483 George Street, Sydney. To address the Committee, email Claudia Calabro at ccalabro@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9265 9648 by 5pm Monday 13 February 2017.