Jun 132012

Riding route 6 west to Uni is a delight, apart from the two dangerous road crossings: Hannell St in Wickham and Maud St in Waratah. At Maud St cyclists must cross a very busy road of three lanes, with obstructed sight lines due to the curve of the nearby railway bridge. For decades cyclists have been calling for an underpass so cyclists can travel in safety along the rail corridor. Some planning work was done in the 1990s by council staff but did not progress due to the difficulty of negotiating with the railway authorities. Now in 2012 the proposal has a new lease of life and is supported by the local Roads and Maritime Service as well as Newcastle Council. Maud St is on a state electorate boundary, and NCM members have had meetings with both Sonia Hornery, member for Wallsend, and Tim Owens, member for Newcastle, as well as Gladys Berijiklian the minister for transport. All the politicians have been supportive, so hopefully the project to build an underpass can move forward.

aerial view of Maud St and railway

As of June 2012 council staff are surveying the area so a detailed proposal can be drawn up.