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Crane collapse 'an accident waiting to happen'

A collapsed crane and fire at the University of Technology, Sydney was "an accident waiting to happen" says the CFMEU NSW state secretary, Brian Parker.

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Drivers have been told to avoid the Sydney CBD and Ultimo this afternoon due to ongoing traffic problems caused by a crane fire.

Broadway reopened this afternoon, several hours after fire damaged a crane at the University of Technology, Sydney this morning, causings its jib to collapse.

A spokesman for the Transport Management Centre, Dave Wright, said the only street that remained closed was Wattle Street, between Broadway and Thomas Street. It will likely remain closed for several days.

The protruding arm of a crane has collapsed on top of a construction site at the University of Technology, Sydney, after earlier catching fire. Click for more photos

Jib collapses after crane catches fire at UTS

The protruding arm of a crane has collapsed on top of a construction site at the University of Technology, Sydney, after earlier catching fire. Photo: Nick Moir

Mr Wright said traffic remained "pretty messy" in the Ultimo area and the buses were also experiencing scattered delays in the CBD.

He urged commuters to avoid Ultimo if they could, and get a train home, rather than a bus, if possible.

Bus tickets will be honoured on other public transport until after peak hour tonight.

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"We are seeing some delays in the area, but many people are keeping away," Mr Wright said.

"The delays are predominantly Abercrombie and Cleveland Street, where people have been diverted."

He said there was some congestion because many drivers thought they could access Wattle Street from Abercrombie, but they can’t turn.

The Traffic Management Centre has advised motorists wishing to exit the CBD should do so using the following routes:

  • Motorists should exit the CBD via the Anzac Bridge using Pyrmont Bridge Road and Market Street;
  • Motorists should access the Sydney Harbour Bridge via Harbour Street, Macquarie Street, Eastern Distributor or Cross City Tunnel.
  • Bus passengers can use their bus ticket for travel on Sydney Ferries and CityRail trains across the entire Sydney metropolitan area.

The traffic bedlam comes after earlier problems this morning when three buses broke down in Sydney's CBD, causing delays of more than an hour for commuters.