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November 30, 2021

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In Suffolk Park there are a number of problems including getting out of Clifford Street onto Broken Head Road heading north, but the biggest problem is speed. This is impacting on all sorts of people, including wildlife, and the problem is getting worse. 

The speed limit for Broken Head Road and local streets is 50 km/h. This is is unsafe, particularly when drivers exceed that limit. There are negligible footpaths, verges are uneven; some in a very poor state. 

Pedestrians are forced onto the road where parked cars and trades vehicles (of which there are many) jut onto the street. 

People pushing prams, or in wheelchairs, have no other option. Groups out walking need to walk single file or stop altogether when cars zoom by. Dog walkers, runners and cyclists are all vulnerable. 

Brandon Street is experiencing particularly heavy, fast traffic, as it is used by some as a bypass. 

As we approach the bedlam of holiday season, and with Council elections coming up, it would be really great to see some conversations and initiatives to help address the problem and issues of traffic safety. Residents should not come off second-best to cars whilst abroad in their streets.

There are creative ways of slowing traffic down. A few more speed humps in strategic places is a start.

Lynne Richardson, Suffolk Park

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  1. Couldn’t agree more, Lynne. How long have we been waiting for a solution to the Clifford Street intersection? It’s a bit better since the southbound lane removal but it’s not fixed and will be a nightmare again when traffic returns to the shire and traffic builds up the length of Clifford Street.

    Traffic turning left from Broken Head Rd often give just a cursory, belated indicator flick and traffic turning left from Clifford Street obscure the view of north bound traffic for drivers in the right lane.

    We are never going to get a roundabout here. It’s time to get over any preciousness about traffic lights and just get them in. Preferably before Nov 1! Both sides of Suffolk Park residents have also been crying out for a pedestrian crossing across Broken Head Rd, particularly the aged care residents. The safest way to achieve this on such a busy road is via the same traffic lights. Two problems solved in one small move that thousands of communities across the country seem to manage without starting world war 3.

    It’s also time for resident permits for street parking – to return the streets to residents from the holiday let industry.


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