Friday, 04 October 2013 16:42
I was very distressed to hear that a pedestrian had involved in an accident at the Grandview Road bus stop area on Moggill Road earlier this week.
As many local residents would be aware, I have been fighting a battle to improve safety at this intersection for many years and it should not take a tragedy before something gets done.
I would ideally like to see traffic lights and a safe pedestrian crossing installed.
A pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road has also been suggested but with the rise in the road restricting driver’s visibility I believe that signalising the intersection would be the best solution.
It is something I have been pushing hard for with both previous and current governments.
The Transport Department has told me that there has only been one crash there in the last five years but I am sure there must be accidents that go unreported and my office certainly receives regular reports of near misses involving pedestrians.
This latest accident highlights the need for something to be done as urgently as possible.
I do understand that there are innumerable intersection and road issues that seek funding throughout the state. However, it is clear that the danger at this intersection is very real and it is not acceptable.
We should not have to wait until someone is seriously injured or even worse before it gets fixed.
In September 2008 I presented a petition to the Queensland Parliament which was ignored by the previous government. In a speech to the Parliament in November 2011 I again warned that this will one day be the scene of a fatal pedestrian accident (click here to read my speech).
I have met with and written to Main Roads Ministers of past and current governments as well as the Minister’s policy advisers, the Director-General and Regional Manager.
Following this most recent accident I have again written to the department to stress the need for urgent action.
This would have to be the number one fixable safety issue in our area. In the overall scheme of things it would not be a huge project and of course the expense is negligible if it becomes a matter of someone’s life.
I will continue fighting for an urgent solution for this dangerous intersection.
Thursday, 13 September 2012 13:34
Last month I advised that I have been seeking flashing lights in the school zone along Moggill Road in Kenmore.
The Minister for Transport and Main Roads has confirmed to me that enhanced school zone signs (flashing lights) are scheduled to be installed on Moggill Road at Kenmore State School and Our Lady of the Rosary School in the 2012-2013 financial year.
At this stage I can't give a definite date for the installation but I have been advised it is expected to be completed by June 2013. I will provide further updates on this website.
I am pleased to have achieved this outcome, as research done in Britain by the UK Department of Transport has shown this approach to be one of the most effective at attracting driver attention and causing them to slow down.
Thursday, 23 August 2012 09:09
In response to my repeated representations to the previous Labor Government, I was advised late last year that Kenmore had been approved for flashing lights on Moggill Road outside Kenmore State School and Our Lady of the Rosary.
Unfortunately, it appears that they did not actually allocate any funds for them.
I have stressed to the Transport Minister that I regard the installation of these lights as being very important for the safety of our young students.
Research done in Britain by the UK Department of Transport has shown this approach to be one of the most effective at attracting driver attention and causing them to slow down.
The Transport Minister has assured me that flashing lights have now been scheduled for installation at OLR and Kenmore State School in the 2012 – 2013 financial year.
Monday, 23 January 2012 16:19
Following my continued correspondence with the Minister for Transport in relation to safety in central Kenmore, the school speed zone in central Kenmore has been chosen for illuminated speed warning signs that are activated as a vehicle approaches.
The illuminated sign will flash a speed advisory when approached by a vehicle exceeding the speed limit.Research done in Britain by the UK Department of Transport has shown this approach to be one of the most effective at attracting driver attention and causing them to slow down.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 09:11
Readers will be aware that I have on many occasions expressed my concerns regarding safety in our local area. I am particularly alarmed by the danger of motorists and pedestrians colliding at the corner of Grandview Rd and Moggill Rd.
My office continues to get frequent reports of near misses and lucky escapes with school children and other public transport users crossing Moggill Road near the bus stop at the Grandview Road intersection.
Any readers who have ever crossed at this location will know exactly what I mean. It is extremely dangerous. Increasingly, very concerned motorists are approaching me in relation to near misses and in some cases actual collisions.
I made an impassioned plea to the Main Roads Minister in Parliament following the recent collision between a vehicle and a school student (fortunately not resulting in injury).
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