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Saving Beauty Point from the Rat Run

Posted Wednesday 27 February 2013

In October 2012 Manly, Warringah and Pittwater councils agreed to the trial closure of the right hand turn into Pearl Bay Avenue for six months from 29 January 2013.

The Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation conducted baseline volume and speed tests and is conducting weekly tests with the closure over these six months.

Regrettably within two weeks of the start of the trial and without waiting for any evidence, Mayor Michael Regan of Warringah Council called for an end to the trial. Mayor Jean Hay of Manly soon followed.

Warringah and Manly Councils adopt standard best traffic management that keeps through traffic travels on arterial roads and off residential streets but wish to deny this practice to Mosman.

The narrow, winding and hilly local streets in Beauty Point are completely unsuited as arterial roads.

The through traffic affects over 1200 families, many with school age children, as the rat run drivers seek any route through the area in an often dangerous attempt to save a few seconds.

The trial closure has greatly improved resident safety and amenity.

Mosman Council has asked the Minister for Roads to honour the commitment to the six month trial closure and then to determine its continuation with due regard to efficient road management principles, the evidence and resident safety.

Cr Peter Abelson, Mayor of Mosman