Safety fears spark call
Demand to fix ‘loophole’ at servo site
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.
FIX IT: Summerholm’s Paul Blackburn says a development loophole could cause serious problems.