SOME­ONE IS GO­ING TO DIE

De­spite 12 ac­ci­dents in 10 years, author­i­ties will not take ac­tion to re­duce the dan­ger at this Rooty Hill in­ter­sec­tion.

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Danielle Jarvis

LONG-SUF­FER­ING Rooty Hill res­i­dent Ron Welch has reached the end of his pa­tience after yet an­other car ploughed through his side fence on Sun­day.

De­spite about 12 cars over the past decade crash­ing through his fence, which is on a pre­car­i­ous bend on the cor­ner of Wil­lis St and Fran­cis Rd, Mr Welch’s pleas to the author­i­ties for a bar­rier have been ig­nored.

Mr Welch has re­newed calls to the Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices, Black­town Coun­cil and Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla for im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

About 11.30am on Sun­day, Mr Welch was in­side his house when he heard the “fa­mil­iar sound of Color­bond get­ting da­m­aged”.

“I went out and found her (the car and driver) wedged half­way in our back­yard,” he said.

On Monday an RMS spokesman told The Stan­dard it would con­sider in­stalling a guardrail at the in­ter­sec­tion. “In­ves­ti­ga­tions to im­prove safety at this in­ter­sec­tion will be car­ried out and in­stalling a guardrail is one of the op­tions to be con­sid­ered,” he said.

“A cor­ri­dor in­ves­ti­ga­tion of Rooty Hill Rd, in­clud­ing Fran­cis Rd, is also be­ing car­ried out to de­ter­mine fu­ture op­tions to im­prove safety and travel time.

Mr Welch said he could not un­der­stand why, de­spite his pleas, the RMS would not in­stall a rail­ing.

“We’re not ask­ing for a ma­jor re­con­struc­tion of the road, just an Armco rail­ing like they have pro­tect­ing the trees across the road,” Mr Welch said.

“I’ve con­tacted the RMS, govern­ments and coun­cils to no avail.

“The RMS came out two years ago and tested the road. They erected a ‘slip­pery when wet’ sign. We need the Armco rail­ing. It’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one gets killed.

“I’ve had about 10 or 12 cars in my fence, next door has had five or six and the guy next to him has had four or five in his fence.

“I just can’t un­der­stand why with all the money the RMS has in their bud­get they can’t put a fence up. What’s it go­ing to take?”

Mr Atalla said a rail­ing should be put up not only to pre­vent prop­erty dam­age but peo­ple get­ting in­jured.

“I strongly sup­port the in­stal­la­tion of bar­ri­ers there as this hasn’t been an iso­lated in­ci­dent,” he said.

“We have been lob­by­ing the govern­ment from 2014 and I wrote to the min­is­ter back in 2015.

“I was ad­vised they were go­ing to re­view the mat­ter and look into it. I will write to the min­is­ter again and ask that this mat­ter get his ur­gent at­ten­tion, not only be­cause of the dam­age to prop­erty but the in­jury to per­sons if no ac­tion is taken by the State Govern­ment.”

Two years ago, a po­lice chase ended in Mr Welch’s back­yard and he had to get his fence and his per­gola re­placed.

After The Stan­dard cov­ered that story, the RMS had the road as­sessed.

An RMS spokesman told The Stan­dard at the time that de­spite the 11 crashes at the in­ter­sec­tion in the fiveyear pe­riod to June 2013, a “slip­pery when wet” sign was deemed suf­fi­cient.

Neigh­bours Ron Welch, Shane Cameron and Glenn Fern high­lighted the dan­gers of the Rooty Hill roundabout in­ter­sec­tion back in 2014 ...

... but the author­i­ties haven’t lis­tened and the ac­ci­dents have con­tin­ued hap­pen­ing.

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