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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 February 2018) . . Page.. 534 ..

Road safety—Belconnen

MRS KIKKERT (Ginninderra) (4.56): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the intersection of Tillyard and Ginninderra Drives was the site of 110 car crashes between 2003 and 2016 inclusive;

(b) 32 of these crashes, or 29 percent, involved personal injury;

(c) nine or more car crashes occurred at this intersection in 2017, with at least two injury crashes, and at least three more have occurred so far in 2018, with at least one injury crash;

(d) the ACT Black Spot Consultative Panel in 2010 identified this intersection as a site with a demonstrated serious crash rate and consequently sought Commonwealth Black Spot funding in an attempt to improve it; and

(e) Transport Canberra and City Services currently identifies this intersection as one of the ten most dangerous in the Territory, “where road conditions are considered to be a contributing factor”;

(2) further notes that:

(a) although Commonwealth Black Spot Program-funded improvements were made to the intersection of Tillyard and Ginninderra Drives in 2011, the five-year rate of all crashes actually increased 35 percent afterwards, 46 in 2012-16 versus 34 in 2006-10;

(b) at the same time, the five-year rate of injury crashes increased 243 percent, 17 in 2012-16 versus seven in 2006-10;

(c) despite being classed by the ACT Government as a major collector road, with an “indicative traffic volume [of] 3 000-6 000 vehicles per day”, the actual average daily traffic volume for the southern most segment of Tillyard Drive as measured in August 2016 was 9362 vehicles per day, or 56 percent above classification;

(d) the recently completed Residential Street Improvement Program study for Tillyard Drive, despite excluding the intersection with Ginninderra Drive, states that “traffic concerns at this intersection and at the [nearby] Tillyard Drive/Lhotsky Street intersection have been highlighted as significant” and urged that they be considered in future capital works programs;

(e) Roads ACT has indicated that both community sentiment and technical analysis have identified the intersection of Tillyard and Ginninderra Drives and the nearby intersection of Tillyard Drive and Lhotsky Street as requiring significant safety improvements;

(f) one year ago, a petition was tabled in this Assembly, signed by 1329 Canberra residents, calling upon the ACT Government to install traffic lights at the intersection of Tillyard and Ginninderra Drives; and

(g) in response to this petition, a detailed study of the intersection of Tillyard and Ginninderra Drives has been completed, and this study recommends the installation of traffic lights; and

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