Action taken on bad street issue raised by The Weekly Times

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Putney parents and children, pictured above, raised their concerns with The Weekly Times and Ryde City Council will act on them. TWT on-the-spot PHOTO.

CHILD safety dangers around Morrison Road – first raised by The Weekly Times – will be investigated by Ryde City Council staff.

Councillors heard concerns about the dangers from Putney Public School P&C spokesperson Ian Burton alongside local residents Phil Tower and Darryl Fung who was among parents quoted in The Weekly Times’ article.

“Children’s safety is being compromised and these poor school children have to cross, unseen, in front of oncoming traffic and have to jump out of the way to avoid being hit,” Mr Fung said.

“We need to reduce speed around Morrison Road, Parry Street and Acacia Street and this council needs to act to add certainty about who has the right of way at this dangerous intersection.”

Mr Burton called for the issue to be dealt with urgently and said it is only a matter of time before ‘something tragic’ happens.

The staff investigation is expected to be carried out at times when children travel to and from the school and may recommended traffic calming measures.

Lane Cove MP Anthony Roberts recently fought for and won highly visible child safety signs outside the school.

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IN ANOTHER child safety debate, Council staff will investigate the feasibility of extending the 40 kilometre school zone speed limits across the City of Ryde.

Councillors also requested staff to investigate the introduction of ‘dragon teeth’ high risk road markings around schools as well as the effectiveness of ‘kiss and ride’ parking.

Eastwood based Clr Justin Li urged caution in regard to extending the 40 kilometre zones due to motorists’ frustration with existing traffic gridlocks.

Roads and Maritime Services is expected be consulted about any proposed zone changes, which would be enforced by police and camera surveillance.