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Safety improvements switched on at notorious Islington intersection 

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Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes is hoping an $800,000 upgrade to a notorious Islington intersection will make it safer for cyclists, students and pedestrians.

New signals have been installed at the intersection of Chinchen and Clyde streets, marking the completion of the latest stage of work by City of Newcastle (CN) to improve traffic movements in the area.

It comes after eight major crashes occurred at the location in the past five years.

And, with the intersection sitting at the entrance to the Tighes Hill campus of TAFE NSW – and the junction of two key cycling routes, Cr Nelmes said council considered the site to be a “high priority” for enhancements.

“I’m pleased to see this long-awaited upgrade delivering improved outcomes for the community,” she explained.

“City of Newcastle is committed to ensuring residents and visitors are able to safely and easily navigate our footpaths, cycleways and road networks.

“This Islington intersection is heavily-utilised by pedestrians and cyclists accessing Newcastle TAFE and Islington Public School.

“So, we’ve been delighted to work with the community to improve safety and traffic flows in this area.” 

The signals will also assist in the management of congestion at the level crossing on Clyde Street, allowing safe passage through the intersection. 

The project, which was funded through the federal government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure grant program, included the installation of new kerb and guttering as well as extended shared footpath links along Clyde and Chinchen streets. 

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the work was essential ahead of an important future stage of the project.

That includes a separated cycleway in the area. 

“This intersection is at the juncture of two major cycling routes, which provide connections from the University of Newcastle into the city centre as well as a key north-south link from the regional route at Griffiths Road,” he stated.

“Heavy volumes of traffic flowing through this area necessitated the installation of these traffic signals.

“However, they’ll also pave the way for more work moving forward.

“We’ll continue to work closely with Minister Tim Crakanthorp and the NSW Government to deliver this $950,000 separated cycleway project.”

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