The campaign to have a pedestrian crossing installed on Lawrence Hargrave Drive near Henley Road in Thirroul is hotting up, with residents, businesses and local councillors saying something has to be done immediately.
The issues was first raised almost two years ago. Now, increased traffic numbers have worsened the situation, with locals saying it’s almost impossible to safely cross the road.
Thirroul resident Erin O’Dwyer first wrote to Council in 2017, calling for a crossing in the region around Bread Espresso &, South Sailor and Jose Jones. While Councillor Leigh Colacino supports the call, the road is controlled by the RMS and to date, no action has been taken.
Erin says there are no pedestrian crossing points in the two kilometres between Austinmer shops and Thirroul shops. “We don’t need more traffic lights,” she says, “but we do need zebra crossings and pedestrian islands. Why has this not been addressed in the past two years? And all the while, traffic volume continues to grow.”
“Today, I drove my children to Thirroul village to catch a bus into Wollongong,” Erin says, ” because it is not safe for them to walk into Thirroul from our home in Austinmer. This is counter to all public health messaging. It also takes a toll on the environment.
“I object to having to run to cross Lawrence Hargrave Drive. It is unsafe for adults and it is unsafe for children. Add bikes or prams or dogs, and it’s a disaster waiting to happen.
“Who will have blood on their hands when a pedestrian is killed in Thirroul?”
“I have asked each of those recipients to respond outlining what their response is to the lack of crossing points, congestion, lack of foresight, risk of emergencies at high usage times for this length of road.”I wait in anticipation of their responses.
“I, along with all other Councillors, are also frustrated. There is not a week goes by when I don’t bring up these continuing issues with staff and the RMS.”
The call for a crossing has the support of local business, with Jose Jones stepping into the ring.
“We absolutely concur,” says general manager Victoria.