Ut­ter chaos on Cud­gen Road

Tweed Daily News - - OPINION NEWS -

WITH all the dis­cus­sions about the new Kingscliff hos­pi­tal site, there has been very lit­tle in­for­ma­tion about any traf­fic plan.

The Tweed Heads Hos­pi­tal has four roads lead­ing to it – Florence St, Brett St, Pow­ell St, and Keith Comp­ton Dr – and on top of that the hos­pi­tal has ve­hi­cle ac­cess on four sides.

Then we come to the hos­pi­tal at Kingscliff, which will be al­most twice the size of the Tweed Hos­pi­tal, but this hos­pi­tal will only have one road ac­cess – Cud­gen Rd, which is only a two-lane coun­try road. That means ev­ery ve­hi­cle, in­clud­ing vis­i­tors, staff, nurses, doc­tors, day pa­tients, de­liv­er­ies, and emer­gency ve­hi­cles, will all be us­ing the one road in.

Then you have the TAFE across the road with a car park of about 200 spa­ces us­ing the same road. Add all that to the daily traf­fic and it doesn’t mat­ter how many en­trances or ex­its there are, all the traf­fic will still end up on the one road.

Ut­ter chaos en­sures, and re­mem­ber a few years back Ge­off Provest wanted paid park­ing in Tweed Hos­pi­tal but backed off due com­mu­nity back­lash. What’s the odds on Kingscliff hos­pi­tal will have a paid car park?

❝en­trances It doesn’t mat­ter how many or ex­its there are, all traf­fic will still end up on the one road.

— Terry James, Kingscliff

TRAF­FIC: Some res­i­dents are con­cerned traf­fic will get worse on Cud­gen Rd.

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