Bunnings Tempe traffic plans

Council is pressuring Bunnings to improve traffic arrangements at their new Tempe store.

The Tempe Bunnings superstore will be the biggest in Sydney and will see thousands of extra cars every week funnelled into narrow inner west streets.

Council’s traffic study showed negative impacts on 15 local streets and 1,400 cars a day down Union Street, right past Tempe Primary School.

Local residents have been campaigning strongly against this since the plans were first unveiled.

The current plan will see delivery trucks and thousands of cars using already choked local streets and endangering the lives of residents.

Council and the community say that Tempe children deserve to be able to walk to school safely.

A narrow residential street will act as the main entrance for the 20,000 square metre store next to Ikea on the Princes Highway. Both entering and exiting cars will be funnelled down residential streets.

At a recent Council Meeting, Council voted unanimously to help fund the community campaign including advertisements in newspapers, social media and installing banners in high visibility locations.

Council will also write to Minister for Transport and Roads Rob Stokes seeking approval for traffic signals on Princes Highway to provide controlled access to Bunnings.

All residents of Sydenham, Tempe and St Peters will be advised of Council’s advocacy and asked to lobby the NSW Government for a better outcome.

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Page last updated: 25 Oct 2021