Clearway on Oxford Street needs to end

In Parliament I again asked the State Government to remove the Oxford Street clearway which harm local businesses through noise, pollution and fewer parking spaces for shoppers.

The impacts of the financial crisis, the opening of a Westfield at either end of Oxford Street and the increase in online-retailing have been felt by small businesses along the famous shopping strip.

The opening of the Cross City Tunnel cut traffic between Taylor Square and Queen Street by about 30 per cent, the Eastern Distributor cut through-traffic. The State Government should have taken advantage of these changes to improve Oxford Street and end the clear way.

Clearways make hostile environments for pedestrians and businesses and their justification should be regularly assessed with changing traffic levels.

My questions also suggested a one-year trial as done on South Dowling Street before the clearway was permanently removed.

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