Aitchison launches petition to improve Thornton intersection
Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison has called on the State Government to fast track safety upgrades at an increasingly busy Thornton intersection, as the area’s population continues to rise.
Ms Aitchison has launched a petition seeking urgent works at Raymond Terrace Road and Haussman Drive, which is heavily used by people accessing Thornton and Chisholm.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the growth rate in the area is over five per cent, with 10,000 people calling it home.
“We’re carrying the load of Sydney’s housing affordability crisis,” Ms Aitchison said.
“[The traffic] will just increase and increase.”
Data from Roads and Maritime Services shows that eight crashes were recorded at or near the intersection in the 10 years to June 2018. Five injuries were sustained.
Maitland City Council has developed plans to upgrade Haussman Drive in three stages, including at Raymond Terrace Road, however funding has only been obtained for the first stage, a roughly 250 metre stretch of Glenroy Street which connects Haussman Drive to Railway Avenue.
$4 million of work, funded by developer contributions, is expected to kick off by early next year and will see traffic lights installed at Glenroy and Railway, parking spaces, bus stops and utilities relocated, and road reconstruction.
Under Council’s plans traffic lights would be installed at Raymond Terrace Road in the project’s third and final stage, but a timeframe is dependent on the further collection and allocation of developer contributions.
As Raymond Terrace Road is the responsibility of Roads and Maritime Services, Ms Aitchison said she would like to see the State Government step up and fund the work, as well as the road reclassified and upgraded from a regional road.
“If we can get the community behind the petition we can start with this,” she said.
“It’s one of those issues that’s constantly being raised with me.
“It [canvassing Thornton residents for petition support] was one of the easiest doorknocks I’ve done in my life.”
Copies of the petition can be found on Ms Aitchison’s website.