Af­ter 10 round­about crashes, calls for a guardrail re­peat­edly ig­nored

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

ROADS and Mar­itime Ser­vices has re­fused to in­stall a guardrail at a dan­ger­ous round­about at the in­ter­sec­tion of Wil­lis St and Fran­cis Rd, Rooty Hill.

In the past decade there have been more than 10 ac­ci­dents – ve­hi­cles ca­reer­ing through res­i­dents’ back fences – at the junc­tion.

Ron Welch, whose par­ents live on the cor­ner, has re­peat­edly asked for a guardrail to be in­stalled to pro­tect his par­ents’ lives and prop­erty.

The RMS pre­vi­ously in­stalled a “slip­pery when wet” sign and had promised fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion af­ter an­other driver landed on the Welchs’ fence in Septem­ber.

An RMS spokes­woman said it had “re­viewed the in­ter­sec­tion and iden­ti­fied an op­tion to im­prove safety by im­prov­ing the line­mark­ing on ap­proach to and within the round­about”.

Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla said im­proved line-mark­ing was un­ac­cept­able.

“Any­thing less than a guardrail is not ac­cept­able. The gov­ern­ment should stop play­ing Rus­sian roulette with peo­ple’s lives,” Mr Atalla said.

“We’re not talk­ing about a ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture project that’s go­ing to cost mil­lions of dol­lars – a guardrail is a minute cost and will save lives.”

Mr Welch said: “I’m stunned, gob­s­macked, dumb­founded. Some­one is go­ing to die – ei­ther a driver or one of us. My mum and dad are pet­ri­fied they are go­ing to get killed.”

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