Wollongong Council will tonight discuss the proposal to create a pedestrian crossing over Lawrence Hargrave Drive near Henley Rd in Thirroul.
A Notice of Motion has been submitted by Councillor Leigh Colacino, saying the road is becoming busier, especially on weekends and long weekends.
Cr Colacino says the road is often no more than a slow-moving parking station, which adds to the confusion and frustration of people trying to cross the road- particularly children.
He also acknowledges residents on the western side of the road, saying they’re trapped by the area skirted by Lawrence Hargrave Drive.
His submission states ‘The RMS is responsible for Lawrence Hargrave Drive, but it needs to know about the growing problem the road is becoming for all users,” he says. “Pedestrians, car users, and people old and young need greater consideration along the whole length of this road.”
Meanwhile the resident-led campaign is calling for a second crossing near South Sailor, also in Thirroul.
Campaigner Erin O’Dwyer says it’s important to point out there are no crossings between Austinmer village and Thirroul Village- a stretch of two kilometres.
“What Henley Rd and The Esplanade have in common, and the reason both need
crossings,” says Erin, ” is a high volume of pedestrians, beach access, bus stops,
takeaway businesses, delivery vans, and cars entering the main road from
side streets and turning in both directions.
“Council suggests LHD is not wide enough south of the Henly Rd intersection
for a pedestrian island, mainly because of the two bus stops.
“The Thirroul Traffic Committee suggests an island would be better placed north of Henley
Rd instead,” she says.
“There is ample room on LHD near South Sailor, Jose Jones andRetro
Wombat for an island crossing”.