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.
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.