Project is bypassing a simpler, greener fix
BYRON Bay residents opposed to a bypass route along Butler St have formed a campaign called Grab the Rail, proposing the railway corridor be used for the bypass instead.
The campaign, by the Butler Street Community Network, was founded by Butler St resident and architect Paul Jones, who said the rail proposal offered a "simple, logical and green" solution to a bypass.
The Byron bypass is on the radar again as the 108ha West Byron Project development is currently with the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
The residents' group says a Butler St route would have negative effects on traffic in the town centre, as well as an impact on the Butler Street Reserve market grounds and residents.
Mr Jones said a railway corridor bypass was far greener, cheaper and less disruptive than the Butler St route.
"Should this route go unchallenged, Butler St will experience a 2300 per cent increase in traffic, potentially making it one of the most dangerous suburban streets in Australia," he said.
Grab the Rail is proposing any bypass utilises the rail corridor from the Caltex Station to the Roadhouse Cafe on Bangalow Rd.
"This part of the rail is perfectly positioned for a bypass and it's wide enough for everyone - cars, buses, light rail, cyclists and walkers," Mr Jones said.
Grab the Rail is a campaign initiated by the Butler Street Community Network, and is meeting on Sunday, January 19, 3.30pm at Byron Bay Brewery.