Pedestrian safety win for Tamworth community

19 November 2021

Pedestrians crossing Bridge Street in West Tamworth are about to feel a whole lot safer from Monday thanks to changes brought about by the lobbying of two local mums.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said he was thrilled to be able to assist in increasing pedestrian safety for the many school children who cross the road every day to get to and from school.

“Nothing is more important on our city’s roads than pedestrian safety for school kids and these new changes will get our kids to and from school safely,” Mr Anderson said.

“Concern has been raised regarding the Bridge Street intersections at Denne Street and Crown Street and I followed up these concerns with the Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole.

“We’re now changing the rules for northbound motorists turning left out of Denne Street and for southbound motorists turning left out of Crown Street to provide additional protections for those crossing over to Shoppingworld or to St. Josephs.

“From Monday 22 November, motorists will no longer be permitted to turn left on a red signal onto Bridge Street and will only be able to make the turn under a green light.

“We’re also installing new signs so I encourage motorists to keep an eye out for the updated signage and make sure they’re aware of the rule change.

“I want to thank local mums Kylie Pollard and Sarah MacAlpine who made representations to me in relation to this issue. I’m thrilled that, after their representations were passed on to the Minister, these changes have been made. Their hard work is a win for our community and I thank them for their efforts.”

Variable message service boards will be in place at the intersections to promote community awareness of the changes from Monday.

Tamworth Regional Council will be installing the new signs on behalf of Transport for NSW on Monday 22 October.

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