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Buffalo Road and Monash Road Intersection, Gladesville

Consultation closed on 05 April 2020

The City of Ryde is seeking feedback on a proposal to change the traffic priority at the Buffalo Road and Monash Road intersection, with the priority of traffic going to Buffalo Road, in order to improve traffic flow and road safety.

Please click here to view plan showing the proposed improvements. 

Why is this change being considered again?

Council acknowledges that the community feel strongly about safety and access at the intersection and the history of design changes at the intersection is extensive. However, Council considers that the current intersection arrangement is not an appropriate one to keep motorists safe and traffic flowing at the intersection as the area grows and it fails to address a known crash issue at the intersection. 

I thought Council resolved to keep the intersection as is?

When the change in traffic priority to Buffalo Road occurred in 2018, due to the lack of consultation at its meeting held on 26 June 2018, Council resolved:

(a) That the City of Ryde immediately remove and reinstate the traffic conditions at the corner of Monash and Buffalo Roads.

(b) That on completion of the meeting with residents, a formal resolution be agreed for new conditions. If not, part (a) above remains.

To meet part (a) of the resolution the intersection was removed and the previous traffic arrangement (with the priority of traffic going to those on Monash Road) was restored. This is the intersection’s current state. In regards to part (b), a Have Your Say is now open for new conditions, with a drop-in session scheduled where residents can meet with staff.

How does this new proposal differ from the last one in 2018?

The new proposal has taken into consideration the feedback provided by the community when the intersection changes in 2018 occurred such as, the request to make the intersection safer, lack of consultation and information provided and access issues to private property. 

Are there any other options to make the intersection safer?

No, in April 2015, Council endorsed a resolution for a roundabout to be installed at the intersection of Buffalo Road and Monash Road. This improvement was proposed as part of the infrastructure works associated with the upcoming Bunnings Warehouse development and to accommodate the forecast population and employment growth in the Gladesville area.

A detailed design process for the roundabout was undertaken and found that the only way a bus could negotiate the roundabout was if it crossed its centre. The NSW Road Rules states that crossing the centre of a roundabout is an illegal manoeuvre.

This Road Rule was repealed from the Australian Road Rules in 2017, however, the corresponding legislation has yet to be passed in NSW for it to become law. Council has raised this issue with Roads and Maritime Services on a number of occasions.

Until the NSW Road Rules are amended to reflect the Australian Road Rules, no roundabout can be installed at this intersection. 

The only alternative treatment is to change the traffic priority from Monash Road to Buffalo Road.

Achieving the best design for this intersection is a complex task. The intersection location of Monash Road and Buffalo Road is constrained, with properties on all three sides. The moderate downhill grade on Monash Road between Ryde Road and Buffalo Road combined with its straightness mean that controlling the speed of traffic is important. The tools to do this on a downhill grade are limited. To add to this complexity, there is a need to provide width at the intersection for articulated buses servicing the Ryde Bus Depot.

As a result, Council is consulting with residents and businesses in the area on the issues identified at the intersection, listen to your concerns, and develop an intersection treatment that improves traffic flow and road safety.

Latest Updates

Have Your Say has now closed

Published on 6 April 2020

Have Your Say on the Buffalo Road and Monash Road Intersection, Gladesville has now closed.

Have Your Say Is Now Open

Published on 11 March 2020

Have Your Say on the Buffalo Road and Monash Road Intersection, Gladesville is open until Sunday 5 April 2020.  

Have Your Say

You can have your say on the Buffalo Road and Monash Road Intersection, Gladesville, by using the online submission form below, via e-mail or post.

Written submissions must be clearly marked as 'Buffalo Road and Monash Road intersection, Gladesville'. All submissions must be received by Sunday 5 April 2020. They can be sent to:

Email cityofryde@ryde.nsw.gov.au
Post General Manager, City of Ryde, Locked Bag 2069, North Ryde NSW 1670 

Phone Session (replacing previously advertised Drop-in Session)

In light of current circumstances, Council will now be trialling a one-on-one phone session in lieu of the previously advertised face-to-face drop-in session at Gladesville Library, which will no longer go ahead.

The phone session will allow you to register for a one-on-one discussion over the phone with a Council Traffic officer, ensuring that you have an opportunity to discuss the proposal and ask any questions you may have.

When   Thursday 26 March 2020
Time   Between 6.00pm to 8.00pm
Registrations essential. Click here to register for a one-on-one phone session. Please note registrations close at 4.00pm on Thursday 26 March 2020.

How will the phone session work?
Once registered, Council staff will contact you  between 6.00pm to 8.00pm to discuss the Buffalo Road and Monash Road proposal. Please be mindful that Council will have a number of calls to make and we kindly ask that you keep your call to 15 minutes.

What will happen if I don't answer the call from Council?
In the event you do not answer, Council staff will ring you again one more time during the period.

What will happen if I have registered, but don't receive a call from Council?
If you do not receive a call from Council during this period, we will organise another mutually suitable time to contact you.

Online Submission

Online submissions have now closed.

View the Concept Plan

Contact Us

If you require more information about the proposed changes, please contact our Customer Service Team on 9952 8222 and quote reference T2016-00750 or email Council at cityofryde@ryde.nsw.gov.au. 

Last updated on 15 April 2020