Final traffic arrangements on High Street

Posted 11 April 2019

Final Traffic arrangements on High Street, Randwick, from 5am, Friday 19 April 2019.

To prepare for the operation of the CBD and South East Light Rail, the final traffic arrangements for High Street and Wansey Road have been introduced in stages. This notification outlines the final stage of work to achieve the end state traffic arrangements on High Street, Randwick.

From 5am Friday 19 April 2019, the following traffic changes will be implemented as the permanent arrangement:

Botany Street intersection:

· Motorists are no longer able to turn right from High Street westbound into Botany Road northbound (introduced on 27/3/19).
· Motorists wishing to access Alison Road will need to continue on High Street, turn right at Wansey Road, turn right onto Arthur Street to then continue onto Botany Street northbound.
· Residents and businesses on the northern side of High Street will access their properties eastbound from Botany Street to avoid crossing the light rail track.
· Buses only will be allowed to travel eastbound on High Street, between Wansey Road and Botany Street.

Hospital Road Intersection:

· The High Street and Hospital Road intersection will operate under traffic control signals.
· The right turn into Hospital Road from High Street eastbound, and the left turn from Hospital Road into High Street westbound, will be restricted to vehicles under nine metres.
· Two emergency parking bays will be provided near the Sydney Children’s Hospital ambulance bay.

Clara Street intersection:

· The High Street and Clara Street intersection will operate under traffic control signals.
· Clara Street will be returned to two-way traffic from High Street to Arthur Street.
· The entrance and exit to the Prince of Wales Main Entrance will be under traffic control signals.
· A taxi rank will be returned to the eastern side of Clara Street at the High Street intersection.

Avoca Street intersection

· High Street will be one way eastbound from Clara Street to Avoca Street.
· High Street will be open at Avoca Street and Belmore Road for traffic heading into Belmore Road and north into Avoca Street.


Traffic controllers will remain on site for approximately two weeks to assist pedestrians and motorists with these new arrangements. Access for Emergency Services will be maintained at all times.

Frequently asked questions

Why are the traffic arrangement changes being implemented?

The main changes to the end state access arrangements for the Children’s Hospital and the Prince of Wales Hospital were implemented early in 2017 to allow staff and visitors to familiarise themselves in advance of light rail operations starting.
The traffic changes planned to fully implement end state arrangements will enable daytime testing and driver training to be introduced shortly.

What are the new traffic arrangements on High Street?

From mid-April 2019, High Street will be in its final traffic arrangement.
High Street will be open to eastbound traffic between Botany Street and Avoca Street and will be open to westbound traffic between Clara Street and Wansey Road.
There will be a bus only lane eastbound on High Street between Wansey Road and Botany Street.
Since 27 March 2019, there is no right turn from High Street into Botany Street.

Can I turn right onto High Street from the Sydney Children’s Hospital?

A right turn from the Children’s Hospital and Hospital Road onto High Street will be permitted via a signalised traffic controls.

Can I turn right out of the Prince of Wales hospital exit?

Yes, traffic signals will be in place. Right hand turn permitted to access Clara Street or Avoca Street via High Street.

Why can I no longer turn right onto Botany?

The no right turn restriction will improve traffic flows for vehicles leaving the hospital precinct.

Where do taxi/rideshare pick up and drop off at Sydney Children’s Hospital Randwick?

The taxi/rideshare pick up and drop off points remain the same as they currently are on High Street for the Sydney Children’s Hospital.

Where do taxi/rideshare pick up and drop off at Prince of Wales Hospital?

The taxi/rideshare pick up and drop off points remain the same as they currently are at Gate 5 on High Street for the Prince of Wales Hospital.

Can the tram stop in time for the emergency vehicle access?

Light Rail vehicle drivers are trained to drive in all environments including where emergency vehicles require access in the event of an emergency. Emergency services vehicles will have priority over Light Rail vehicles at all times.

Where can I park in an emergency?

Emergency drop off bays are located on High Street for the Sydney Children’s Hospital.
Emergency drop off bays for Prince of Wales Hospital remain the same as they currently are via Barker Street.

Are there any further changes to High Street west of Wansey Road (near UNSW)?

There will be a bus only access lane into High Street eastbound between Wansey Road and Botany Street. Vehicles 9 metres and under in length will be able to turn left northbound into Wansey Road.

Are bus services changing?

The CBD South East Light Rail will have a capacity of up to 13,500 passengers per hour (up to 6,750 in each direction), and as outlined in the EIS 2013, will complement peak city bound express bus routes that will remain in service, and will also be supported by some all-stops and cross-regional routes. A new bus plan, based on actual origin and destination information from the Opal system, will be developed to accompany the introduction of light rail services.
Once the light rail is operational, TfNSW will monitor Opal data to track current demand and rising trends, and adjust services accordingly to stay ahead of growth.

Where is the Children’s Hospital Emergency Department drop off bays located?
The Children’s Emergency Department drop off bays are located on High Street, just west of the Prince of Wales Hospital entrance.

Is there any on-street parking available for Children’s Emergency Department?
Drop off only bays will be available on High Street.

More information:

  • For more information about this work, please call 1800 684 490 or email SLRcommunity@acciona.com.
  • For urgent enquiries or complaints call the Light Rail 24-hour Construction Response Line: 1800 775 465
  • For the latest information on traffic conditions related to construction in the area, visit www.livetraffic.com
  • For further information about the CBD and South East Light Rail Project, go to www.sydneylightrail.transport.nsw.gov.au.