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One way is a slow way: Queen Street, Campbelltown

One way is a slow way: Queen Street, Campbelltown

In the second installment of our Top Five we look at the south west region’s busiest roads.

  1. Narellan Road, between Campbelltown and Narellan, wins hands down. It is a shocker, not just at peak times. It is undergoing widening, and not before time. But even when that’s completed it’s doubtful if any improvement in traffic flow will last long as the region’s population is just exploding.
  2. Not far from the Narellan end of Narellan Road, well actually they meet, is Camden Valley Way, all the way to the Crossroads. Again, it’s the victim of roadworks to widen it, but again the prognosis, long term, is not good. The real solution for south west region motorists would have been to take some cars off the road via a rail line. Yes, the south west rail link will help from next year, but not as much if it had been built all the way to Narellan and Camden and all points in between.
  3.  Queen Street, Campbelltown. We don’t even know why this main street is bumper to bumper so often, but it doesn’t help that when leaving, cars reverse out from an angle parking position. A radical idea may be to go back to normal two way traffic from the one way that’s been in operation for a few years. One way was seen as a way to bring people back to Queen Street, but it hasn’t really worked, so why not a rethink?
  4. Elizabeth Drive, Liverpool, both directions, at the intersection with the Liverpool bypass. Busy, busy, busy most of the day, then gets crazy at peak times, such as school finish times and Thursday night shopping at Westfield Liverpool. Avoid at all costs during these times.
  5. Campbelltown Road, between Williamson Road and the Bow Bowing turn off up the hill. You’ve decided using the Hume Highway is boring, so you turn off into the old Ingleburn Army camp, and you’re cruising until you hit Williamson Road. Screech! Then, just as quickly, at St Andrews Road at the bottom of the hill, everyone disappears and there’s hardly a car on the road. It’s a miracle.

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