Cremorne roundabout saga continues - and you won’t believe what’s happened this time!
By STAFF REPORTERS.
A rescue mission to dislodge a State Transit bus, stranded at one of Sydney’s most controversial intersections, is the latest plot twist in the Cremorne roundabout saga.
The out-of-service vehicle was negotiating the circular eye-sore just after 3:30pm yesterday when it became stuck, causing traffic chaos during the busy after-school period.
Eyewitness Rob Simeon told Mosman Collective he thought “something terrible” had occurred when he noticed cars at a standstill on Murdoch St.
“At first I thought it was a bad accident,” he said.
“Cremorne Point was in lock down, nobody was getting in – or out.
“I drive around this embarrassing concrete maze on a daily basis, but what I witnessed was another case of bureaucratic bungling,” he said, “causing mayhem, congestion and frustration.”
The original roundabout was ripped up in July last year, as part of an upgrade to improve pedestrian facilities and add a bicycle lane. But when its colourful flower beds were removed, outraged locals launched their own “floral protest”, beginning with a pink poster posing the question: “Where have all the flowers gone?”
Support quickly bloomed, prompting North Sydney Council to admit the roundabout was “a horrible mess up”.
Yesterday, Council contractors finally commenced work to replace Cremorne roundabout’s garden and reduce its diameter to the original size (8 metres).
“The new roundabout will feature a crepe myrtle tree and society garlic plants in a paved internal circle, to further improve visual amenity,” a Council spokesperson said.
The redevelopment is expected to take two weeks.
“Local residents who use Murdoch and Bannerman streets every day want to negotiate a roundabout that is nice to look at – and smaller in size,” Mr Simeon said.
“We just hope that the third version of the roundabout solves the woeful traffic nightmare that currently exists.
“And fingers crossed there are no more bus mishaps!”