Smoother and safer traffic flow is in store for motorists travelling through the intersection of Victoria Road and Bowden Street at Ryde, with a dedicated right turn arrow to be trialled.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey today visited the site with Member for Ryde Victor Dominello saying the trial will be carried out as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to improving safety on one of NSW’s busiest roads.

“Victoria Road is an important east-west connector through a number of busy Sydney suburbs and provides direct access to the Sydney CBD,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The NSW Government is working hard to improve Sydney’s roads for the hundreds of thousands of motorists who travel on the network each day.”

“More than 70,000 vehicles use this intersection each day so it is important to ensure all road users can travel through this intersection as efficiently as possible.”

“Mr Dominello has been a passionate advocate for this change, long called for by the community.”

Mr Dominello welcomed the trial saying motorists turning right from Bowden Street onto Victoria Road eastbound often experience significant delays at the intersection so the trial will improve traffic flow and safety.

“This trial will provide a dedicated right turn arrow which will allow northbound motorists on Bowden Street to safely turn right onto Victoria Road without navigating through traffic driving across the intersection,” Mr Dominello said.

“Roads and Maritime Services recently carried out improvements to the intersection which included extending turning lanes, relocating pedestrian crossings and adjusting traffic light phasing but this trial will determine if more changes can be made to improve traffic efficiency for all road users.”

“Roads and Maritime is hard at work planning this trial and more information will become available in coming months.”

“The community will be notified before the trial starts early next year.”