Angle Vale school crossing call

Concerned Angle Vale residents are continuing to call for increased road safety measures outside Trinity College along Heaslip Road and have enlisted the help of their local state member of parliament in a bid to see action taken.

Emergency services minister and member for Light, Tony Piccolo, was asked at a community listening post held in the town last year for his support in increasing road safety measures outside the school.

Mr Piccolo said residents had told him many motorists did not slow down and the existing signage and infrastructure was not sufficient.

He also said the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI) and the City of Playford had been liaising about the issue and towards the end of last year it was agreed the 60km zone would be moved further north to slow vehicles down sooner and school signage and speed limit restrictions would be extended.

Currently the road has two pedestrian refuges outside the school.

“I am very keen to see the council consider the installation of an appropriate crossing at this location,” Mr Piccolo said.

Leading the residents’ campaign is frustrated Angle Vale local Robert Brookes, who feels Playford Council is “passing the buck” and only implementing token measures to appease residents.

“They’re not doing anything about it except fobbing off residents saying they’re going to do something,” Mr Brookes said when contacted by the Echo.

“I’ve got three children that go there (Trinity), but it’s not only school people who would use a crossing.

“There is absolutely zero excuse why they shouldn’t put a crossing in.

“It’s mind boggling, it’s just such a simple thing to do.”

City of Playford mayor, Glenn Docherty, says the council has been liaising with a range of stakeholders about traffic requirements along Heaslip Road for a number of years and has recently extended the 60km/h and 80km/h zones, which run past Trinity College, a further 60 metres to the north.

“From Term 2 this will help reduce the traffic speed coming into and leaving the school zone,” Mr Docherty said.

“The council has already installed two pedestrian refuges and an extensive 25 km/h School Zone near the College, on this stretch of road.

Mr Docherty pointed to a November 2013 pedestrian and vehicle survey of the section of Heaslip Road that runs past Trinity College, which “showed it did not meet the requirements for a wombat, koala or pedestrian actuated traffic signal, where pedestrians use a button to stop traffic”.

“As part of the ongoing investigation, council will conduct another survey this year, which will include talking with stakeholders such as Trinity College, to see if there have been any changes in the traffic and pedestrian volumes in this area,” Mr Docherty said.

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