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Portman Lane, Navins Lane and Merton Street – revised design

9 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, 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

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:

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 or call 02 9265 9648 by 5pm Monday 13 February 2017.