Wollondilly Council to advocate for safer school crossings in the shire

Burragorang Street, The Oaks. Picture: Google Maps
Burragorang Street, The Oaks. Picture: Google Maps

Wollondilly Council will review all school crossing outside the region's primary schools in an effort to increase safety.

Councillor Judith Hannan raised a notice of motion at last week's council meeting calling on the council to advocate for improvements to the school crossing on Burragorang Street, The Oaks and support the upgrade of John Street.

The motion also asked council staff to write to Transport for NSW in support of The Oaks Public School principal's request for a crossing supervisor at the unmanned Burragorang Street crosswalk.

Cr Hannan also called on the council to advocate for a crossing or pedestrian medium for Picton Public School.

She said a review of all crossings near primary schools across the shire was needed.

"Picton primary school for example has no pedestrian crossing around it," she said.

"We've got children that are trying to get across Remembrance Drive - and you can imagine what that is like at 3.00 in the afternoon.

"They are phoning parents distressed that they actually need to that."

Cr Hannan said she had been approached by parents and principals regarding safety issues around local schools.

"We've got students up at Oakdale trying to get across Burragorang Road and at The Oaks a lot of the children come out at Burragorang Street," she said.

"The principal there said she nearly lost some children when they ran out across the road.

"I note that if you put in a wombat crossing or elevated crossing it decreases road deaths and serious injuries by as much as 63 per cent on urban roads."

Cr Hannan said while the projects might take some time to complete, they were important issues to address.

"Sometimes in council things do take a long time deliver... but for our school students I think these are the most important areas where we get those crossings looked at and we advocate for them," she said.

"They might not get delivered really quickly but let's protect them as much as we can."

Cr Briggs said providing safe crossing locations around Picton Public School, could prove difficult.

"I am not sure that there are any easy engineering solutions with regards to Argyle [Street]," he said.

"So perhaps... some sort of signage that directed all parents into Lumsdaine or View Streets or even a sign to remind them of safe places.

"I just don't think there is anything we could do on that road because you've got double lanes each way and some crazy drivers out there."

Cr Hannan said there were other options available to increase safety for students.

"On Remembrance Drive, Picton High School does have islands for those students to get across," she said.

"Sometimes it's not about crossing, sometimes we need barriers at certain places.

"We should look at where kids are crossing, do a review and keep advocating."

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