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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 21 February 2018) . . Page.. 539 ..


intersections. We need to be really clear with the community that the measures taken as a result of local area traffic management studies generally include small-scale improvements. This was discussed, I thought fairly extensively, in annual reports hearings last year, as was the issue that a major intersection upgrade was likely to be the subject of future budget planning. I will return to that in a moment.

The scheme that was identified through the study, the scheme for improvement, had a number of priorities assigned to a number of different treatment options on local roads. The intention of this scheme is to guide the implementation of measures over a number of years. The recommended priority works in the vicinity of Fraser Primary School, Charnwood-Dunlop school and Brindabella Christian College will require further consultation with the respective schools. These recommendations have also been given to the ACT schools coordinator within Transport Canberra and City Services for consideration under a separate schools program.

The following works will be undertaken early in the 2018-19 financial year. On Tillyard Drive, line marking and signage improvements will be made to the intersections with Kerrigan Street, Spalding Street and Crawford Crescent. There will be lane narrowing and lane marking improvements between Kuringa Drive and Spalding Street; a pedestrian refuge island and signage adjacent to the bicentennial trail; and improvements to pedestrian signage near Charnwood shops. Improvements to line marking and signage will be made on Kuringa Drive and on Kerrigan Street. There will be lane narrowing and lane marking improvements on Spalding Street; and speed cushions installed on Shakespeare Crescent, Companion Crescent, Covington Crescent, Magrath Crescent and Moroney Street.

On speed cushions, the advice from TCCS when I became the minister responsible for this area echoes in my mind: speed cushions are often requested by a large number of members of the community, and when they are installed other members of the community often ask for them to be removed. Speed cushions are an important part of improving local roads, but they receive a very mixed response in certain communities. A number of significant examples come to mind. But extensive consultation and technical work go into identifying these sorts of traffic management improvements. I would like to assure the community and members that directly affected residents will be informed of these particular works, particularly when they are near properties, prior to implementation.

As noted in Mrs Kikkert’s original motion, the Tillyard Drive intersection with Ginninderra Drive was investigated previously, in 2010, as part of the federal black spot program. The resulting improvements to the intersection consisted of modified traffic islands, upgraded road signage, additional line marking and street lighting works to the value of $166,000. This limited commonwealth funding was not sufficient to cover significant works to improve the intersection, such as the installation of traffic lights. The government is well aware that the traffic volume in the area has increased over the past six years, as it has across our growing city. In an effort to improve safety and performance, the government commissioned a separate study and preliminary design of the Tillyard Drive intersection with Ginninderra Drive. This study has recommended the installation of traffic signals to fully control all vehicle movements through the intersection.


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