Bikes, feet could clear bridge jams

CAR pooling, cycling and walking should all be used to help ease congestion on the Grafton Bridge, according to Greens candidate for Clarence Janet Cavanaugh.

Ms Cavanaugh, who yesterday repeated her call from the March general election that any new bridge in Grafton should not divert heavy vehicles through the Grafton CBD, said staggered work hours could also help ease congestion until a new bridge was build.

Despite admitting surprise there were 25 options included in the new consultation process outlined by the RTA, Ms Cavanaugh offered the process her support.

She said the RTA had rejected many of the options years ago.

"It seems we have gone back to the drawing board," she said.

"However it is only by taking this step backwards that we will get a second crossing that will work for the whole community for the next 80-100 years.

"We need to realise that this will further delay the bridge's construction. Plus I still believe Grafton is too far from Sydney for our bridge to be considered a priority for the current government.

"I advise Grafton commuters and businesses to take matters into their own hands. Bridge congestion is a major problem for Grafton, so we need to do something about this issue.

"We can improve traffic flow and also levels of fitness by switching to active transport. Park your car in South Grafton and walk.

"It only takes 15-20 minutes to walk to Prince St from Riverside Dr or the railway station, and less than five minutes to cycle," she said.

"Staggered work hours help spread the traffic. We don't all have to work from 9 to 5."

The RTA will accept comments on its latest report by November 22 and is holding consultation sessions in Grafton on November 14-15.



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