Read­ers’ back­lash over round­about

Lo­cals be­lieve speed­ing is a ma­jor prob­lem

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - JAS­MINE MINHAS jas­mine.minhas@coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

AN OVER­WHELM­ING re­sponse from Ad­vo­cate read­ers has made clear one gen­eral con­sen­sus on the Eng­lands Rd round­about: speed­ing is an is­sue.

Last week the Ad­vo­cate asked read­ers what they thought the rea­son is be­hind the long list of truck roll-overs that con­tin­u­ously take place at the site, whether it be the cam­ber of the road, the over­grown veg­e­ta­tion, or speed­ing.

When a truck rolled over at the round­about again last month, An­drew Fraser MP took it to Par­lia­ment, call­ing for the short term so­lu­tion of veg­e­ta­tion to be re­moved and rip­ple strips in­stalled.

How­ever a ma­jor­ity read­ers did not be­lieve the is­sue boiled down to the veg­e­ta­tion, but rather speed­ing.

Some called for the 60kmh zone to be re­duced to 40kmh on the north­bound lanes, while oth­ers in­sisted a fixed speed­ing cam­era or flash­ing sig­nage was the best so­lu­tion.

Some sug­gested truck driv­ers be­ing over­worked and tired makes it more dif­fi­cult for them to nav­i­gate the round­about. READ­ERS’ COM­MENTS:

“A lot of peo­ple ne­go­ti­a­ti­ate this round­about with no prob­lems, it’s the ones go­ing too fast that cause the prob­lems. There is a 60kmh zone go­ing up­hill then down a hill to the round­about.” - Ellen Fowler

“A speed cam­era should have been in­stalled years ago as all lo­cals say the same thing. Just on top of or just over the hill head­ing north. So why hasn't some­thing so sim­ple been put in place?” - Phil Stock

“Put a speed cam­era there. Make it 50kmh if nec­es­sary. Most of the trucks have al­ready done 500kms be­fore they get to that point without is­sue.” - Pete Trem­lett

“Get rid of the trees in the mid­dle so com­ing down the hill at night you can see the road ahead. Def­i­nitely go­ing too fast though.” - An­drew Sense

“It's the down­hill ap­proach that is the cause.” - Bran­don Jay Bar­ratt

Photo: Frank Red­ward

DAN­GER: The Eng­lands Rd round­about has claimed many ca­su­al­ties over the years.

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