MP concerned about roundabout light placement
Member for Maitland Jenny Aitchison has expressed concern that the traffic lights to be installed on Maitland’s Church Street roundabout will not be appropriately placed to ease congestion.
Last week the NSW Government announced that $1.5 million would be spent installing the lights at the eastbound entrance and widening the turning lane on Cessnock Road in an effort to reduce the significant westbound congestion at the problematic roundabout, as well as the morning queue length on Cessnock Road.
Traffic queue detectors will be placed at the westbound approach, which would then trigger the traffic lights during peak periods. Outside of those times the roundabout will operate normally.
However Ms Aitchison has questioned the placement of the lights as the eastbound entrance is now handling a much smaller volume of traffic.
“They have already significantly reduced congestion on that arm of the roundabout,” she said.
“That meant there were already less stops to get westbound traffic coming on that way.”
Hunter Independent attempted to obtain the traffic study that supported the final decision, but was unsuccessful.
In response, a Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said that traffic counts and modelling had been completed.
“Roads and Maritime Services has carried out traffic counts and modelling as part of the planning for the project,” the spokesperson said.
“Following the installation of the traffic lights, traffic will be monitored to help inform further investigations.”
Work is expected to commence in April.
Amendment 7/3/18 – Hunter Independent was initially supplied an incorrect image of the roundabout plan. This is has been changed.