Safety fears spark call

De­mand to fix ‘loop­hole’ at servo site

Gatton Star - - NEWS -

WORK to­gether or the prob­lem will con­tinue.

That’s the mes­sage a Lock­yer Val­ley res­i­dent con­cerned over road safety has for govern­ments.

Sum­mer­holm res­i­dent Paul Black­burn spoke to the Gatton Star in Novem­ber last year about con­cerns re­gard­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment of a ser­vice sta­tion on the cor­ner of the War­rego High­way and Sum­mer­holm Road.

Mr Black­burn was wor­ried the de­sign for how ve­hi­cles ex­ited the ser­vice sta­tion onto Sum­mer­holm Rd to re­join the high­way meant heavy ve­hi­cles at­tempt­ing to turn right into the east­bound lanes could block west-bound traf­fic.

This con­cern ap­pears to have been well-founded.

Mr Black­burn said “less than a month” af­ter the ser­vice sta­tion opened, a b-dou­ble at­tempt­ing to join the east-bound lanes had been forced to stop in the me­dian strip, and bocked the west-bound lanes.

“It could have been the start of a pile up,” Mr Black­burn said.

Be­cause the re­de­vel­op­ment of the ser­vice sta­tion had not been a change of ma­te­rial use, the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion had not re­quired in­volve­ment from the De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads.

“There's no at­ten­tion to any dras­tic or in­creased haz­ards and po­ten­tial col­li­sions be­cause the usage of the site is not chang­ing,” he said.

Mr Black­burn is now call­ing for a meet­ing with coun­cils in south-east Queens­land, in­clud­ing the Lock­yer Val­ley Re­gional Coun­cil, to en­sure traf­fic man­age­ment was con­sid­ered in all de­vel­op­ments.

“They are all go­ing to suf­fer the same prob­lem,” he said.

“I bet you this cir­cum­stance has hap­pened around Ipswich, has hap­pened around More­ton Bay, has hap­pened around Red­lands – where ever there is new de­vel­op­ment tak­ing place, or re­de­vel­op­ment, this has got to have hap­pened.”

He said coun­cils needed to work to­gether with the state govern­ment to fix what he de­scribes as a “loop­hole”

“Go­ing alone is not go­ing to help, be­cause it'll get pushed into the background,” he said.

PHOTO: DO­MINIC EL­SOME

FIX IT: Sum­mer­holm’s Paul Black­burn says a de­vel­op­ment loop­hole could cause se­ri­ous prob­lems.

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