Plan­ners fail on con­ges­tion

Albany Advertiser - - OPINION - Doug Rori­son, Lit­tle Grove

The longer I live in Al­bany the more per­plexed I get as to where our guid­ing lights think they are tak­ing us.

Re­cent changes to the CBD lead me to be­lieve that our town plan­ners must have failed.

The new­est round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of York Street and Ser­pen­tine Road, com­bined with the old one out­side the town hall, to­gether with the new cen­tre park­ing ar­range­ments, con­struc­tion of the tourist bu­reau and fre­quent mar­kets in the town square have added to ab­so­lute traf­fic chaos at cer­tain times.

Mo­torists trav­el­ling north or south in York Street in­vari­ably en­croach onto each of the above men­tioned round­abouts, thus deny­ing those mo­torists in the cross streets ac­cess to the round­about.

The re­sult is grid­lock, a si­t­u­a­tion that round­abouts were sup­posed to ad­dress.

Much of the chaos is caused by the an­gle park­ing in the cen­tre of York Street be­cause mo­torists who are re­vers­ing out of the spa­ces are be­ing given right of way by oth­ers who would like the space be­ing va­cated.

The frus­tra­tion of try­ing to ne­go­ti­ate what used to be a rel­a­tively smooth traf­fic flow has caused many lo­cals to avoid York Street at all costs. Per­haps this is what the plan­ners wanted in the first place?

Why our plan­ners also thought it would be a good idea to move the tourist bu­reau to York Street is also be­yond me.

Most visitors to Al­bany ac­tu­ally ar­rive in cars or car­a­vans and I would have thought that di­rect­ing all of these ve­hi­cles to a tourist bu­reau out of the CBD (as presently hap­pens) was a good thing. When the tourist bu­reau is fi­nally opened will we have a pro­ces­sion of car­a­vans and camper vans traips­ing up York Street caus­ing fur­ther chaos?

Sure we want a vi­brant town square which is pedes­trian friendly. Per­haps the plan­ners should just ban all ve­hi­cles from that area of York Street and turn it into a pedes­trian mall.

An­other bone of con­tention with mo­torists is the ab­so­lute lu­nacy of the en­try to Bun­nings on Al­bany High­way. Now we are go­ing to get a petrol sta­tion on one of the arcs of the round­about to add to an al­ready chaotic si­t­u­a­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately the so­lu­tion does not need tech­nol­ogy, just good old plain com­mon sense. Do any of the town plan­ners know what that is?

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