STRONG SUPPORT FOR PAISLEY DRIVE INTERSECTION SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS

22/08/2013

A petition signed by 1,100 people, calling on the State Government to improve safety at the intersection of Gympie Road and Paisley Drive at Lawnton, was tabled in State Parliament today.

The petition asks the State Government to consider installing traffic lights at the intersection to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians and to improve access to local businesses.

"Traffic crash statistics show that there are regular crashes at or near this intersection," Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, State Member for Kallangur, said.

The petition was instigated and championed by Lawnton business operators who witness the dangers of the intersection on a daily basis.

"Fortunately there have been no fatalities in recent years, but with traffic volumes continuing to increase, we need to ensure the safety of motorists using this intersection."

Mr Seath Holswich, State Member for Pine Rivers, is hoping the petition leads to a detailed study into the best way to improve safety at the intersection.

"Some people have indicated their concerns about the impacts on traffic flow if we have another set of traffic lights along Gympie Rd," Mr Holswich said.

"However, safety of motorists and pedestrians must be our number one priority."

"If traffic lights, with suitable turning lanes and pedestrian crossings is found to be the best option, then they should be installed."

The MPs have also written to Department of Transport and Main Roads and Moreton Bay Regional Council asking that hedges on the median strip along Gympie Rd near the intersection be removed as a short term measure to improve visibility at the intersection.

The Minister for Transport and Main Roads is required to provide a response to the petition within 30 days.