Road gets royal treatment

2015-12-08 06:00
A worker in Royal Road busy with new traffic-calming measures to ensure motorists don’t speed on the road in Maitland anymore. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

A worker in Royal Road busy with new traffic-calming measures to ensure motorists don’t speed on the road in Maitland anymore. PHOTO: TIYESE JERANJI

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Residents of Royal Road in Maitland will have peace of mind and not have to worry about speeding cars, because they now have speed humps.

For some time residents had been calling for such traffic-calming measures, saying motorists are careless about their safety. Due to speeding their houses were getting damaged through the vibration from the speeding cars.

A five-year-old boy was recently knocked down by a car as he was trying to cross the road from a nearby park (“Road is a grave danger”, People’s Post, 27 October).

The following traffic-calming measures have been implemented:

. Pedestrian crossing lines across Royal Road at the intersection with Station Road.

. One raised pedestrian crossing in front of Maitland High School.

. Four speed humps in the vicinity of the play park.

. Four speed humps between Campden Street and Second Avenue.

. Pedestrian crossing lines across Bodmin Street, for the pedestrian bridge.

One of the residents who was severely affected by speeding cars was Helen Major. She says they can sleep better now.

“We are really thankful that after calling for road-calming measures our cries have been heard. It was really a nightmare to cross from one side to the other and the vibrations were too bad. It is very quiet now and drivers are driving a bit slower,” she says.

Another resident, Daniel Petersen, says the speed bumps were needed in the area.

“It was really crazy the way people were driving here. We were in fear all the time and when your child is playing outside you were in constant fear because you didn’t know what was going to happen. Motorists cared less about pedestrians.

“This is one step closer in the right direction and now motorists are forced to drive slower rather than speed off like they used to. It really made me very uncomfortable because this road was very dangerous.”

Graham Daniels from the Maitland Community Police Forum says residents can finally breathe a sigh of relief.

“We are glad that the long-awaited traffic-calming measures have been implemented just in time for school holidays. We hope that this will help reduce speed on that road and also prevent unnecessary loss of life.

“The next phase in this area will be to prevent the big horse and trailer trucks from driving through the residential area,” he says.

Ward councillor Lisa McBride says motorists sped on that road and now they will be taking things to the next level.

“This is just a start. In the future we are planning to have speed traps so that drivers are careful. Motorists just don’t adhere to the speed limit in the residential area, which is 60km/h, so speed traps will force them to obey the law. We will also be working on making sure that trucks don’t use the road, as they cause a lot of damage to property and make a lot of noise. We are glad that at the moment speed humps are solving part of the problem.”

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