Axing the parking on the Princes Highway at Bulli could see some businesses really struggle, according to one owner on the suburban CBD strip.
And Transport for NSW has acknowledged a clearway could be part of a broader solution to deal with the bottleneck.
April Dimovitch has owned Bulli Studio hair salon on the Princes Highway for four years.
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As the hair salon's business is appointment-based, with people heading to the Bulli CBD specifically to go there, Ms Dimovitch felt changes to on-street parking wouldn't cause her a great problem.
"I know for me personally it wouldn't affect me but I know it would affect everyone else, especially the little businesses," Ms Dimovitch said.
"Those people in the small shops or the cafe, they need people to be able to park in the clearway. Those businesses need some stop-off areas.
"I'm one of the lucky ones because I do go by appointment and people are here for an hour or two.
"But for the other stop-off businesses I think it would be a problem because people are lazy.
"They won't stop and get a coffee at Sam's [Stokes Lane Cafe] if it's not easy to drive in."
That claim of people being lazy echoes what another business owner on the strip said last year. Kathryn McGuire of KLM Styling said that, despite there being ample parking just behind her store, customers would drive past if they couldn't find a parking space right outside her door.
In October and November last year Transport for NSW carried out a study of the Bulli and Thirroul CBDs, which included getting community feedback.
A Transport for NSW spokesman said the feedback provided "valuable input" but no immediate solutions to the congestion problems in Bulli would be forthcoming.
"Transport for NSW will continue work to identify potential options to reduce travel time, improve road safety and maintain the amenity of both town centres," the Transport for NSW spokesman said.
"Once these options are identified, funding proposals will be submitted to further develop and deliver them."
However, the possibility of clearways - which have long been feared by Bulli business owners - being part of the solution had not been ruled out.
"Clearways can help manage congestion by allowing motorists to use all available lanes during peak periods and could form part of a broader solution for Bulli and Thirroul," the spokesman said.
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