Clip a les­son of grid­lock

Driv­ers and res­i­dents face long wait­ing times each day

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee See the video: mt­druitt­stan­

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.”

Pic­ture: Peter Kelly

Plump­ton res­i­dent Aaron Ken­way has made a video on traf­fic prob­lems in Plump­ton and (in­set) the traf­fic in Hy­atts Rd on a school af­ter­noon.

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