Traffic modelling has shown that this concept design does not increase traffic in the area, though it does redirect traffic to make it easier to move around on foot and get to the area by bus.
This design reduces a congestion point under the railway bridge and removes a traffic signal to allow for pedestrian priority phasing at the remaining traffic lights. It also allows for bus services to be rerouted and service the area, without using residential streets or a bus station.
To address concerns of traffic moving through the area, street designs that calm traffic (such as single lanes, landscaping and different road treatments) and prioritise pedestrians will be applied in the next phase of design.
This will highlight that Whatley Crescent is a local road, and not the connector road it is currently being used for. Vehicles will be encouraged to use roads such as Guildford Road, Collier Road and Tonkin Highway, which are designed for this through-traffic use.