Streets as Shared Spaces Trial Activation, Darby Street

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New ideas are coming to Darby Street.

We are working to improve the outdoor dining experience in this popular area, and also improve safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists, supported by a $500,000 NSW State Government Streets as Shared Spaces grant.

A six-month trial starting in September will see footpath widening between Sanctum and Goldbergs restaurants, which will increase space for outdoor dining. This will be made possible during the trial period by extending a dining platform over 7 existing car parking spaces.

We will also bring new life to the Darby Headphones Courtyard with new street furniture, surfacing, lighting and public art to encourage people to visit, stay and connect. A new pedestrian crossing leading to the courtyard will improve accessibility and safety.

We will offset the temporary loss of these and other car parking spaces in the area (approximately 16 in total) by converting existing paid all day parking behind the Newcastle Art Gallery into free, 2 hour parking spaces during the trial. We will also provide a convenient drop-off /pick-up zone near the shops and eateries.

Safety and accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists will be improved with a trial of traffic calming infrastructure to reduce driver speeds.

The trial has been made possible with a $500,000 grant from the NSW State Government through the Streets as Shared Spaces program (Round 2). The program funds trials that support immediate community needs and test and build the case for more permanent changes that positively impact local economies and community health and wellbeing.

Find out more about the activations proposed in our answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

We are currently asking the community for feedback on the proposed trial traffic changes, and we would also like to know more about what you like about the Darby Street area, and what you would like to see improved. This feedback will help inform future projects in the area. Have your say by Monday 13 June.