At one end of Lawrence Hargrave Drive there’s a gridlock. In the middle, it’s a racetrack. And nobody is happy about either situation.
While locals debate measures to free-up the traffic flow through Thirroul, Scarborough residents are calling on Council and the State Government to implement traffic calming devices to slow down the speedsters who they say are endangering life and property.
Labor candidate for Heathcote Maryanne Stuart last weekend hosted a Transport and Roads forum at Coledale, to give locals a voice, and to let people know Labor is listening.
The forum was also attended by Shadow Minister for Roads and Transport Jodi McKay and Keira MP Ryan Park.
Ms Stuart says residents raised a number of issues.
“High on the agenda was a call for an increased police presence, traffic calming devices through Scarborough and additional road signage,” she says.
“Road safety was a particular issue. Labor is again calling on the NSW Government to urgently investigate ways road safety can be improved in the local area.”
Ms Stuart says the forum also made her aware of the problem with our local train service, which suffers with overcrowding and infrequent services at local stations.
“Also important to the residents is the reliability of local train services, as well as the need to build the Maldon Dombarton Freight Line.
“The Northern Illawarra has an incredibly high commuter population, with people travelling to Sydney each and every day. These commuters have been waiting too long for more frequent and reliable services.”
Ryan Park says the MPs will continue to work closely to find a resolution. “Residents made their thoughts loud and clear,” says Mr Park. “There are a range of issues and something must be done to fix them.”