Backing calls for changes to dangerous intersection

Member for South West Coast Roma Britnell has re-affirmed her commitment to making safety improvements at the intersection of Ardlie Street, Hider Street and Raglan Parade in Warrnambool.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, Ms Britnell congratulated Warrnambool resident Donna Monaghan who is running a community campaign to draw attention to the dangers of the intersection – particularly for school students crossing.

Ms Britnell said she raised the matter with the Minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll in March last year.

“In their response, the Department of Transport said it was prepared to install a school zone along the stretch of highway if the Warrnambool City Council was prepared to establish a supervised school crossing,” Ms Britnell said.

“I’ve had discussions with the Mayor Vicki Jellie and I know this is something she’s keen to see happen.

“A school zone would be a start in making this intersection safer for pedestrians and I am committed to working with the Council and the Department to make it happen.”

Ms Britnell said the Department had also said their response they had identified instillation of traffic lights at the intersection as the best way to cater for increased traffic and pedestrian movements.

“I understand a submission had been lodged for funding for that project and I have asked for a progress report on that,” she said.

“Lights would improve safety for motorist using that intersection – data shows there have been eight crashes at that intersection between 2014 and 2019 and three of those resulted in serious injuries. That data doesn’t capture near misses.

“This intersection has been troublesome for a number of years and I am very keen to work with the department to ensure it is made safer for both pedestrians and motorists as soon as possible.”

Ms Britnell has also sought an update on issues with the Fitzroy and Botanic Road intersection and has been informed the Department is continuing to work with the Warrnambool City Council on safety improvements.

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