Council declares 'cease work' on Kingsgrove speed humps

Bus route: Some residents do not want speed humps on Staples Street, Kingsgrove, partly due to the noise buses would make while driving over them. Picture: Chris Lane.
Bus route: Some residents do not want speed humps on Staples Street, Kingsgrove, partly due to the noise buses would make while driving over them. Picture: Chris Lane.

Kingsgrove residents are calling for Bayside Council to cancel its plans to build speed humps in the area and will be stating their case at the June 9 council meeting.

On May 20, Council announced it had received negative feedback from residents about planned works that were intended to calm traffic that was driving through the town to avoid the new M5 East motorway toll, and as a result, a cease work would occur.

These works, funded by the Federal Government, were planned for Kingsgrove and Bexley North to discourage 'rat runs' across residential streets, Council said.

"Your Ward Councillors, the Mayor Councillor Joe Awada, Councillor Liz Barlow and Councillor Ron Bezic, having heard the concerns of local residents, have asked that the majority of the proposed traffic calming works stop until the June Meeting of Council, at which time Council will review and potentially overturn its earlier decisions," a notice on Council's website states.

Tim Thimou, a resident of Staples Street in Kingsgrove, said residents opposed speed humps due to the noise they created when vehicles - particularly buses - drove over them, as well as the potential they created for 'hoons' to do burn-outs and roll-backs.

We don't want speed humps. There are other ways of doing it.

Tim Thimou

"There will be a lot of residents from all the side streets [attending the meeting] trying to give their opinions and views on it because it's not right - if you put speed humps on one street, people will just drive to the next street and bombard that," Mr Thimou told the Leader.

"But if you get rid of the tolls you ease up all the traffic that flows through our streets."

Mr Thimou said he hoped the council would resolve to "completely wipe out" all plans for speed humps.

"We don't want them," he said. "If you want to put some roundabouts in and make the streets look nicer, we're happy with that. There are other ways of doing it."

The cease work from May 19 impacted Wolli Street, Staples Street, Edward Street, Oliver Street, Mabel Street, Rodgers Avenue and Alston Street.

Council had already resolved to delete Laycock and Coveney Streets from the traffic calming plan.

Works will continue to install pedestrian crossings, pedestrian islands, kerb blisters and roundabouts at Caroline Street, Elizabeth Street, Banner Road, Farrell Street, Todd Street, Dowsett Street and New Illawarra Road.