Locals pleading to ‘fix’ dangerous intersection

Peter Ackroyd and a neighbour at the notorious intersection and, top right, an accident earlier this month on Flinders Street near the intersection with Rex Road at Georges Hall.

Story appeared in: Torch | June 12th, 2018

RESIDENTS living near the notorious Flinders and Rex Roads' intersection at Georges Hall, are calling for urgent improvements after another spectacular crash earlier this month.
While no one was seriously injured, residents believe it is only a matter of time until a fatality occurs and are calling for a roundabout to be built on the sweeping bend.
Residents' spokesperson Peter Ackroyd said after repeated calls for improvements, Canterbury Bankstown Council installed a stop sign at the intersection.
"I cannot say how many accidents have happened, but there has been many over the years," Mr Ackroyd said.
"The last accident was caused by speed; the shear impact damage is testimony to the speed."
Mr Ackroyd said a roundabout would force drivers to slow down in the 40kmh zone, which has four schools in the area - all within a kilometre.
"The police do a great job of monitoring the stop sign but that's not the issue, it's the ability to do whatever speed you want along Flinders Road especially in the top section."
RMS data shows that between July 2012 and June 2017, there were three accidents at the intersection - two prior to the installed stop signs and one after. Based on the accident history, the council said the intersection couldn't be classified as a 'black spot'.
The spokesperson said residents' concerns lead to "improvements" at the intersection in May 2012.
"Five different safety options were considered, including a roundabout," she said.
"The roundabout option required substantial road modifications, and the intersection's accident history was not sufficient to obtain grant funding for the construction of a roundabout."
The council is considering the installation of a refuge island across Flinders Road, west of Rex Road.

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