Thursday, May 30, 2024

Bayside Council to put brakes on rideshare operators

Bayside Council is investigating the use of local streets in Wolli Creek by rideshare operators, who they say are turning the area into an unofficial ‘rank’ for airport passengers.

A motion acknowledging residents’ frustrations and calling for Council’s Transport Committee to investigate solutions with Sydney Airport was unanimously passed at a Council’s April meeting.

Council says there has been a notable increase in rideshare drivers using local streets in Wolli Creek as an unofficial ‘rank’ to pick up passengers heading to or from the nearby airport.

This trend has been largely driven by the proximity of Wolli Creek to the airport, which offers a strategic advantage for rideshare drivers seeking quick and easy access to incoming and outgoing travellers.

Mayor Bill Saravinovski said significant feedback from residents in the Wolli Creek area had brought the issue to light, prompting concerns about traffic congestion, safety, and the overall impact on local streets. 

“This is safety issue that is frustrating residents and is causing unnecessary traffic congestion on local streets,” he said.

“Council must work closely with Sydney Airport to find a solution.”

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