After 10 roundabout crashes, calls for a guardrail repeatedly ignored
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.”