Maud Street, Waratah - Proposed traffic changes

Shows location of upgrade in Maud Street Waratah

What do we have now?

The cycleway between the University of Newcastle (Callaghan) and the Newcastle City Centre is a key regional route in Newcastle's cycling network. Travelling west from Waratah Station, the route is currently on road on Prince Street, crossing Maud Street at a refuge and then continuing on Vera Street to connect to the off-road University cycleway. Maud Street carries in excess of 20,000 vehicles per day and the busy crossing of Maud Street is not suitable for novice riders.

In the wider area:

  • Traffic is 'rat running' between Lorna Street and Maud Street via Queen StreetContinue reading

What do we have now?

The cycleway between the University of Newcastle (Callaghan) and the Newcastle City Centre is a key regional route in Newcastle's cycling network. Travelling west from Waratah Station, the route is currently on road on Prince Street, crossing Maud Street at a refuge and then continuing on Vera Street to connect to the off-road University cycleway. Maud Street carries in excess of 20,000 vehicles per day and the busy crossing of Maud Street is not suitable for novice riders.

In the wider area:

  • Traffic is 'rat running' between Lorna Street and Maud Street via Queen Street and King Street or Vera Street.
  • Traffic is 'rat running' between Maud Street and Turton Road via Prince Street.
  • Traffic is performing illegal right turns into and out of Prince Street.

What is proposed?

Council is proposing changes in the vicinity of Maud Street, Prince Street and Vera Street Waratah, to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists using the University to Newcastle City cycling route.

Maud Street:

  • Signals on Maud Street between Prince Street and Vera Street to help cyclists and pedestrians cross Maud Street safely.
  • Signage in advance of the Maud Street overbridge for southbound traffic.

Prince Street:

  • No right turn into and out of Prince Street at Maud Street (as existing).
  • No left turn into Prince Street to prevent 'rat running' from the north and west to Turton Road, through local roads in Waratah.
  • Kerb extensions and kerb ramps.

Vera Street:

  • No entry or exit to/from Vera Street at Maud Street to address 'rat running' between Lorna Street and Maud Street and to minimise risks at the signals.
  • Speed reduction to 40km/h.

King Street:

  • No exit from King Street to Maud Street to address 'rat running' between Lorna Street and Maud Street.
  • Speed reduction to 40km/h.

Queen Street

Modifications to the intersection of Queen Street and Lorna Street to incorporate right turn bays to accommodate diverted traffic, mostly residents, which would have otherwise turned right into Vera Street, and to improve safety by reducing the potential for crashes associated with right-turning vehicles.

  • Extension of 'No Stopping' on Queen Street to accommodate right turn bays.
  • Raised threshold treatment (flat top speed hump) at entry to Queen Street.
  • Speed reduction to 40km/h to improve safety for all road users and improve residential amenity.

Future planning
Council is investigating a proposal to redirect the cycleway route away from the busy Maud Street crossing and into the rail corridor off Prince Street, near Alfred Street. The route is proposed to run under the rail bridge along the rail corridor to meet the cycleway west of Vera Street. This is a long term solution requiring further investigation and funding and is not part of the current exhibition.