Pedestrian safety under the spotlight

The G&CPA successfully advocated for raised crossings to be installed in Bradley Street Pictured l to r: Michelle Stanley, Alice Stanley and Sue Ross testing the crossing
14th May 2024

The Guyra and Community Progress Association (G & CPA) have been advocating for pedestrian safety improvements for Guyra over recent months. They made successful representations to Armidale Regional Council (ARC) which resulted in raised crossings being installed in Bradley Street.
As well as representations to ARC, the G&CPA approached
former Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall to take up their fight with the NSW Government to see traffic safety initiatives on the New England Highway through Guyra.
They point to the fact that the town is divided by the highway and that residents, particularly the elderly and young children, are faced with crossing a busy highway on their way to and from shopping, school, sport and medical facilities.
In their submission they pointed to the fact that other nearby towns divided by the New England Highway, including Tenterfield, Glen Innes and Uralla, all have a designated safe crossing for pedestrians.
They also highlighted the fact that Glen Innes, where the volume of traffic on the highway is no greater than that in Guyra, has lights, a crossing and roundabouts.
What they would like to see, at the very least, is a pedestrian crossing installed between the children’s play area on the highway and the corner of Tenterden Street.
There are already suitable footpaths in place on both sides of the highway which they believe would assist in taking pedestrians away from the busy intersection at Ollera Street.
They would also like to see further measures taken to calm traffic along the highway between the two major intersections which direct traffic into the township.
The southern intersection at
Sandon Street is particularly hazardous for a number of reasons. Traffic approaching that intersection from the south is currently travelling at 70km over a slight rise, which they believe adds to the danger faced by motorists turning right onto the highway towards Armidale.
They would like to see a roundabout installed at both intersections, and at the very least they are advocating for the 50km zone to be extended past this southern intersection.
Member for Norther Tablelands Adam Marshall has taken the matter up with Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Jenny Aitchison MP.
In response Ms Aitchison has advised that they will investigate the request for a pedestrian crossing across the highway and if it proves to be viable and meets requirements, a suitable location will be identified and crossing installed when funding and resources become available.
Transport for NSW will start the process by organising pedestrian counts and will also conducted a speed survey which they expect to be completed by mid-2024.