Safe crossing up in air

THE issue of safe crossing measures at Warwick State High School continues, with the council and the school favouring different solutions.

Safety concerns about students crossing on the busy Palmerin St side of the campus have sparked debate on how to solve the problem.

During a council meeting this week, engineering services director Peter See said he was in favour of implementing a system similar to that in the CBD.

"The high school's preference is a crossing and mine is a shared zone," Mr See said.

"Although the law (on shared zones) is somewhat confusing, the proof is in the pudding and it works quite well (further up) Palmerin St."

Councillor Jo McNally said she didn't believe there was a quick fix to the problem.

"It is going to be a difficult one to resolve," Cr McNally said. "(The shared zone) works in the main street because there is a garden bed in the middle of the road which people use when crossing."

Warwick State High School P&C president Mark Wheeldon said he had some reservations about a shared zone being implemented.

He said the proposed solution would also require somewhere to allow the students to cross safely.

"I'm still not convinced it's the best alternative because there would have to be some sort of construction and a designated crossing point, whether it's a shared crossing or zebra crossing," he said.

Mr Wheeldon said he had spoken with the council about the issue about six weeks ago and was awaiting further news.

"We discussed various options that may be available but there is nothing concrete at this stage," he said.

"We are hoping to work with the council, businesses and the community to come up with a solution and make it work for everyone."

There has also been talk of the school fencing its boundaries, except for the Palmerin St side, however Mr Wheeldon declined to comment on the issue until further information was made available to him.

Solutions

  • School zones are usually 40kmh, while shared zones can be as low as 10kmh
  • Installing a crossing in the area would mean up to 13 car parks would be lost

Topics:  pedestrian crossing, shared zone, southern downs regional council, warwick state high school



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