Station Street Upgrade

About the project...

Following extensive community consultation, in 2012 Council adopted the Bowral Parking, Traffic and Transport Strategy which outlined a major upgrade of Station Street to address the long term issue of traffic congestion within the town centre.

Council is embarking on the upgrade of Station Street to include:

  • two lanes in each direction (between Bundaroo Street and Bowral Street)
  • new roundabouts at Bong Bong Street and Bowral Street
  • improved parking facilities and access to town centre businesses

Council is also planning to develop parking and pedestrian facilities in Kirkham Road in order to provide replacement parking during construction, as well as new parking areas for the town centre and near the train station after work is completed.

The design of a future link between Bowral Street and Links Road via Railway Parade is also planned but funding is required and so a date for construction of this component has not been determined.

On 14 February 2018 Council resolved to proceed to tender for construction of the Station Street Upgrade. You can watch the debate and decision made by Councillors in a video provided courtesy of Southern Highland News at www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/SSU/faqs#37235.


What's next?

Council will be sharing information with property owners, businesses and the broader community as part of the project construction phase in coming months. Subscribe here to receive emailed updates or email engagement@wsc.nsw.gov.au to share your contact details.


Learn more about the detailed concept designs which were exhibited in 2017:

Detailed concept plan for streetscape

About the project...

Following extensive community consultation, in 2012 Council adopted the Bowral Parking, Traffic and Transport Strategy which outlined a major upgrade of Station Street to address the long term issue of traffic congestion within the town centre.

Council is embarking on the upgrade of Station Street to include:

  • two lanes in each direction (between Bundaroo Street and Bowral Street)
  • new roundabouts at Bong Bong Street and Bowral Street
  • improved parking facilities and access to town centre businesses

Council is also planning to develop parking and pedestrian facilities in Kirkham Road in order to provide replacement parking during construction, as well as new parking areas for the town centre and near the train station after work is completed.

The design of a future link between Bowral Street and Links Road via Railway Parade is also planned but funding is required and so a date for construction of this component has not been determined.

On 14 February 2018 Council resolved to proceed to tender for construction of the Station Street Upgrade. You can watch the debate and decision made by Councillors in a video provided courtesy of Southern Highland News at www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/SSU/faqs#37235.


What's next?

Council will be sharing information with property owners, businesses and the broader community as part of the project construction phase in coming months. Subscribe here to receive emailed updates or email engagement@wsc.nsw.gov.au to share your contact details.


Learn more about the detailed concept designs which were exhibited in 2017:

Detailed concept plan for streetscape

Got a question for us?  Fire away!

You can ask these publicly or privately, it's up to you. Public questions will be posted on this website for others to see and note our response. If you prefer that our response to you is kept private then please mention this in your message to us. Alternatively email mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au

Q&A

  • I run an Airbnb Accommodation in Bowral CBD. Could you tell me if you are planning on using night work to complete the project as this will obviously impact not only mine but all Airbnb accommodation providers in the CBD district.

    RHR asked over 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question.

    We’re currently finalising the construction tender and until contractors have been engaged, we're unable to confirm work hours. However, Council anticipates that some construction work will occur at night, in particular, road sealing to reduce the impact on traffic.

    Stay up-to-date with the latest Station Street news by signing up for our e-newsletter here

  • Why are trees going to be ldestroyed simply to funnel more traffic from one lane into two lanes and then back into one lane ? The video is a total fantasy. Large mature trees grace the roadway and lush greenery fills all the back ground. The video does not show how it will really be. Meanwhile exisiting roads in the shire are a seriers of filled potholes joined together.

    StephenK asked over 2 years ago

    The video was prepared to provide people with an idea of how the traffic would flow and what the street would look like in the future with established trees in place and underplantings and hedging added. Trees of an advanced size would be planted to help achieve an attractive streetscape within a relatively short period of time. Council is intending to purchase the trees in the near future, ahead of the works, to ensure that there is a supply of larger trees available to provide immediate landscaping impact.

    The provision of two lanes allows for continued on-street parking to be provided until such time as traffic volumes warrant removal or limited hours. Two lanes at key turning locations allow the traffic travelling through to do so without hindrance. The areas outside the site of the proposed works have less turning movements, which slows the traffic flow, and therefore single lanes provide sufficient capacity.

    Stage 2 of the project would see an extension of the road from Bowral Street, behind the Eastbrooke Medical Centre, along Railway Parade and out to the junction of Links Road and Moss Vale Road and so splitting the traffic flows at the southern end of Bowral.

    The other aspect to consider with this design is the improved safety for pedestrians offered in the southern portion of the design by providing parking on the same side as businesses and moving the road out through unused land along the railway corridor.

    The road surface of Station Street would be greatly improved as part of the work, especially the section opposite the railway station from Wingecarribee Street to Bundaroo Street.

    Regards,

    Station Street Upgrade Team

  • Wouldn't it be a good idea to put an UNDERPASS of the railway at the Bowral Street signalised level crossing of railway line for light traffic, it would free up the bottleneck at the bridge at Wingecarribee Street.

    kaylon asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for the suggestion. Underpasses along railway lines are usually located where the rail line is in-fill, i.e. above the surrounding ground level. At Bowral Street the rail line is essentially at grade, i.e. relatively level to the surrounding ground. So there is a challenge in bringing the entry and exit to the underpass back up to the road level and providing access to the surrounding properties which would then have an excavation in front of them.

    Then there are associated challenges with the underpass being lower than the surrounding ground such as requiring a pump system to provide drainage, without even considering when there is a large (1 in 100 year) flood of Mittagong Creek where Kirkham Road potentially floods and the associated risk for people using the underpass.

    Regards,

    Station Street Upgrade ProjectTteam

  • From 2 lanes into one, will there be a bottle-neck at either end, other than that it looks great.

    david baxter asked over 2 years ago

    Hi David, thanks for the comment. 

    The engineers have advised that we don't need capacity in areas where there aren't many turning movements. It's the turning movements which slow and stop traffic. There are less turning movements out of the middle of town so therefore the single lanes will have sufficient capacity. 

    Give us a call on 4868 0888 or send through an email to engagement@wsc.nsw.gov.au with your contact details if you'd like more info.

    Regards,

    Station Street Project Team | Wingecarribee Shire Council

  • So...........are the pictures correct ? if so then you plan is to have people/cars parking and reversing out across the new station street lanes causing absolute chaos and traffic jam? We all know their is a major issue already with driving skills in the highlands. In addition, is you plan to have these 1 (or even 2) hour parking so you can raise more revenue on parking fines Are you going for what you think looks nice or works now an in 20 years or will I and everyone else be paying again and again with your CPI+ rate increases?

    cbd412 asked over 2 years ago

    Hi there, 

    I think you are referring to the image showing vehicles parked between the old Pin Oaks alongside Memorial Park. If so please note that the existing roadway will be converted to a carpark and the road will divert around the Pin Oaks on the railway side. The new car park will not require vehicles to reverse into a busy road.

    Additional all day parking will be provided in Kirkham Road, both north and south of the railway station.

    Council has secured $9.5 million for the project - $7.5 million from Infrastructure NSW Restart Illawarra Fund and $2 million from Section 94 developer contributions.

    Regards,

    Station Street Upgrade Team | Wingecarribee Shire Council

  • Is it planned to increase parking spaces at the train station. Currently, there is not enough spaces for shop owners, staff, visitors and train passengers in this space.

    marty asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Marty,

    Yes there will be increased all day parking spaces provided in Kirkham Road. These will be constructed before any car spaces are removed whilst construction work is underway in Station Street.

    Angled parking will be added on the western side of Kirkham Road opposite the train station. And parallel parking spaces will be added on both sides of the road from Wingecarribee Street bridge right down to the signalised level crossing for pedestrians at the southern end of Kirkham Road.

    A footpath and improved lighting will also be installed in Kirkham Road to assist all day parkers.

    There are so many aspects to be considered with the Station Street Upgrade. Thanks for asking this question - we will add an FAQ about it and prepare a fact sheet to explain logistics a little further.

    If you'd like to discuss further aspects of the design or view large scale plans please pop into our shopfront which will operate at varied times from Monday. See the Community Update for opening hours.

    Regards,

    Station Street Project Team | Wingecarribee Shire Council

  • can we please have a red arrow at the traffic lights crossing from the corner of Wingecarribee street & station street over the train line bridge into Kirkham road.With the upgraded bypass and general traffic traffic increase combined, it makes it nearly impossible to cross over the bridge without running a red light. I witnessed two lots of mothers with children running red lights in front of trucks. This is a disaster waiting to happen and needs to be addressed. Even the police struggle to get across this section of road. Please look at this as a mater of urgency.

    Mr Peter asked about 3 years ago

    Hi there, 

    Thanks for passing on your suggestion. We understand that Roads and Maritime Services have been asked to consider the introduction of a right hand turn at this location in the last few months. Staff are waiting to hear whether a decision was made. Will let you know as soon as we do.

    Regards,

    Your Say Wingecarribee

  • How can residents provide ideas early in the design stage for specific project elements, such as the proposed replacement angled commuter parking north of Wingecarribee Street Bridge?

    Adam J asked over 3 years ago

    Hi Adam,

    You can send your ideas through via email with the subject line 'Station St Upgrade' to mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au and it will be sent through to the project team.

    Regards,

    YourSayWingecarribee

  • There are some beautiful old trees lining Station st down the Bundaroo, merrigang street end, will these be left intact , a lot of people I have spoken to will be against this project if they are to be removed

    baldy asked over 3 years ago

    We understand the community’s appreciation of the Pin Oaks near War Memorial Park. Amenity and landscaping are key considerations in the development of the Station Street Upgrade and the design will also be guided by Council’s Street Tree Master Plan.

    Investigations and environmental studies are underway to inform the detailed design and are yet to be completed.  Early advice is that there may be the need to remove some trees as a result of the road widening or re-alignment and if trees are assessed as being in poor health and a potential safety risk.

    Until the investigations and environmental studies are complete we are unable to confirm which trees may need to be removed.  

    Consultation will be undertaken on the outcome of the investigations and studies once completed, including seeking input from the community on the landscape design.

  • Hi. Are the very large trees that you currently drive between as you are heading south on station street beside the memorial park going to remain?

    Cindy65 asked over 3 years ago

    We understand the community’s appreciation of the Pin Oaks near War Memorial Park. Amenity and landscaping are key considerations in the development of the Station Street Upgrade and the design will also be guided by Council’s Street Tree Master Plan.

    Investigations and environmental studies are underway to inform the detailed design and are yet to be completed.  Early advice is that there may be the need to remove some trees as a result of the road widening or re-alignment and if trees are assessed as being in poor health and a potential safety risk.

    Until the investigations and environmental studies are complete we are unable to confirm which trees may need to be removed.  

    Consultation will be undertaken on the outcome of the investigations and studies once completed, including seeking input from the community on the landscape design.

    If you’d like to be kept informed about future consultations or the exhibition of designs please subscribe to the project e-newsletter or visit www.yoursaywingecarribee.com.au/SSU

  • Hi WSC, Are any bike paths being incorporated into the Station St road works?

    David01 asked over 3 years ago

    Thanks for your interest! The design team will be considering the needs of all road users including pedestrians and cyclists when preparing plans. We know the road corridor width is limited in some areas so we will consider a number of options along the length.

    We will let you know when opportunities to make suggestions and review plans arise however the Roads and Maritime Service will have the final say on what can and can’t be included in the design.