Clip a lesson of gridlock
Drivers and residents face long waiting times each day
A MAJOR thoroughfare in Plumpton has raised the ire of commuters who are struggling to negotiate the morning and afternoon school traffic.
Local resident Aaron Kenway videoed his frustration of the gridlock in Hyatts Rd, Plumpton, and posted it to YouTube recently.
The 800m stretch of road is home to three schools, as well as a well-used shopping centre.
During school drop-off and pick-up times, the road is almost bumper to bumper.
“It is not my intention to hate on the schools,” Mr Kenway said. “I just hope the video can help make a difference to help traffic flow in this busy three-school area.”
AARON Kenway is sick of being held up by traffic congestion in Hyatts Rd, Plumpton, and is blaming school drop-off zones for the problem.
The 800m stretch of road is home to three schools – Good Shepherd Primary School, Plumpton High School and Richard Johnston Anglican School – as well as popular shopping centre Plumpton Marketplace.
The Hassall Grove resident was so annoyed about the traffic he made a video about it and posted it to his YouTube channel. “In the morning and afternoon it can last 15 minutes and no one can get past it at all, the school traffic holds up the entire road,” Mr Kenway said.
Many of his YouTube followers agreed there was an issue, with one user Skillz Productions commenting: “This happens every week and plenty of risks involved as well ... seriously something needs to be done.”
Aaron’s father Martin Kenway said he also had experienced delays. “When you drive to Plumpton it takes me 15 minutes to get over one hill when usually it would take not even two minutes,” he said.
Richard Johnston Anglican School principal Paul Cockrem said traffic was often unavoidable with three schools on the road.
“Parents come in, do a turnaround and leave; we try and make parents aware of being patient and being aware of others and good road use regularly,” he said.
“We endeavour to work with council too – we encourage rangers to come out and book motorists if they aren’t doing the right thing, for example parking contrary to signs or across anyone’s driveway.”
A Blacktown Council spokeswoman said the council was aware of traffic congestion along the road. Last year, council rangers issued 72 penalty notices and three warnings in Hyatts Rd.
“The traffic congestion occurs for short periods before and after school hours. At other times traffic flows smoothly without delay,” the spokeswoman said.
“Traffic is occasionally stopped during peak periods on Hyatts Rd to allow children to safely cross at pedestrian crossings and for cars to turn into school driveways.”
The council encouraged residents to use other roads during peak travel times including: Carlisle Ave, Pringle Rd, Daniels Rd and Rooty Hill Rd North.
Aaron told The Standard he just wanted to see the issue fixed.
‘It is not my intention to hate on the schools,” he said.
“I just hope the video can help make a difference to help traffic flow in this busy three school area.”
Plumpton resident Aaron Kenway has made a video on traffic problems in Plumpton and (inset) the traffic in Hyatts Rd on a school afternoon.