‘Chaotic and unsafe’: Council addresses ‘dangerous’ Cremorne crossing

Published:
20/10/2020

North Sydney Council is investigating options to calm traffic at the Middle Harbour Public School, following a community campaign to address safety at the ‘dangerous’ pedestrian crossing.

The crossing, on the corner of MacPherson Street and Gerard Street, has long been a source of concern for locals and school families, with numerous reports of pedestrians experiencing near misses.

This led to calls on social media and an online petition campaigning for the crossing to be removed and lights installed at the blind corner.

In February, Transport for NSW conducted a pedestrian and vehicle count at the site but reported numbers were too low to warrant the installation of traffic lights.

“If traffic lights are not currently an option, and moving the crossing increases the risk of jaywalking, we need to look for other measures we can take to protect our residents,” Mayor Jilly Gibson says.

“It’s chaotic and increasingly becoming unsafe as the traffic along McPherson Street gets busier and busier.”

Mayor Gibson, whose grandchildren attend the school, says Council will investigate measures such as the installation of speed cushions, a roundabout, concrete barriers, line markings, increased signage, and/or the suitability of lights.

Peter Marshall, chair of the local precinct, Willoughby Bay, says the crossing has been flagged as an issue for close to 20 years.

“I don’t understand why, after all this time, there has been no action in regards to this. The clear facts are… that no one will use that crossing because it’s absolutely dangerous,” he says.

“I don’t want any of my precinct members being the first fatality on this intersection.”

Alongside producing the report, Council has reached out to local MP Felicity Wilson to join the mayor and a member of staff at a site visit. 

It is hoped discussions with Ms Wilson will inspire State Government support to address the safety concerns.

The report is expected to return to Council at this month’s meeting.

Author:
Stephanie Aikins

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