Gracie and Josh Forbes are not game to cross Wallace St and wait patiently for assistance.
Gracie and Josh Forbes are not game to cross Wallace St and wait patiently for assistance. Kerri Burns-Taylor

Kids in dash for safety

PEDESTRIANS are playing a game of chicken across Wallace St, with a lack of crossing options resulting in a mad dash to the other side.

The busy highway is often travelled by students walking to Warwick West State School and those using the Warwick Hospital and Victoria Park.

At a council meeting last week, Councillor Jo McNally raised her concerns about the area and requested that council contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads regarding the concerns.

Warwick mother Kylie Forbes said she often saw primary school children darting across the road on their way to school.

"It is really bad here," she said.

"I often see kids running across the road and they are really young."

Mrs Forbes said she was concerned about young kids crossing on their way to school and said traffic lights were the only sensible option.

"I definitely think there should be lights in this area because cars dart up that hill and they might not stop in time for a pedestrian crossing," she said.

Cr McNally said the request resulted after she had been contacted by parents who were concerned with their children crossing Wallace St on their way to and from school.

"Considering the development that has gone ahead in the Bisley St area it seemed appropriate that council should write to TMR to ascertain where a safe crossing for pedestrians could be along Wallace St," Cr McNally said.

She said the concerns were not related to easing traffic but rather making sure pedestrians were given safe options.

"We want to encourage people to walk as much as possible but we want to give them somewhere safe to cross the road," Cr McNally said.

A TMR spokeswoman would not elaborate on any plans to incorporate pedestrian facilities in the area, other than saying they were considering options.

"To allow people to safely cross the road, pedestrian refuges are currently accessible as part of the turning lanes at Wallace and Locke Sts, and we have future options that we are considering at the intersection which incorporates upgrades to pedestrian facilities," she said.


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