Council gives traffic safety the red light

By DARRYN NUFER

TRAFFIC chaos at a popular North Rockhampton shopping complex is set to continue.

A proposed $200,000 solution to the "dangerous'' entry and exit points at the Glenmore Shopping Village, has been cut from the city's 2005/06 budget to be handed down next week, Cr Rod Green yesterday revealed.

It could be an indication of what is to follow as the council moves to cut costs and keep rates down.

"I'll be asking council to revisit that and address (the issue) as a matter of high priority,'' the traffic committee chairman said.

The revelation comes after centre users, shop own- ers, and employees told The Morning Bulletin the three Farm Street access points were "a bad accident waiting to happen''.

The council's engineers had identified a traffic island at the intersection of Farm and Potts streets as the cheapest and most effective way of improving safety.

That would prevent traffic accessing the Village directly from Potts Street.

Subsequently, vehicles exiting from the middle Farm Street access point would not be able to turn directly right to access the highway.

Cr Green said traffic problems in the area were only going to get worse with the new IGA Supermarket complex set to open next to the Glenmore Village in the near future.



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