Roads still not up to speed

ROADS and Maritimes Services (RMS) is still reviewing the speed limit of Cargo Road and is yet to start looking at The Escort Way, despite it being nine months since Orange City Council asked for the 50km/h speed zones of both roads to be moved further out of town in line with the sprawling urban areas.

Councillors unanimously agreed to take up the matter with member for Orange Andrew Gee and Roads Minister Duncan Gay, after Cr Glenn Taylor questioned why the RMS were holding up the “simple change” from 80km/h to 50km/h, at Tuesday’s meeting.

“The speed of trucks on Escort Way is frightening,” he said.

“I don’t know how we get the message through that it is now a built-up area.

“It really is only matter of time before someone is badly injured.”

Noreen Towers said it was a miracle she and the driver of another vehicle were not injured when her car was written off in a crash at the intersection of Cargo Road and Yackerboon Place in February.

But she fears someone else might not be so lucky.

“Mine was not the only accident that occurred there,” she said.

“I don’t want to go through it again.

“You look up the hill and there is not a great deal of visibility ... it’s an 80km/h speed limit and the cars can be on top of you very quickly.”

She recounted her story to the council in May when she pushed for the 80km/h zone to be moved beyond the crest.

A RMS spokeswoman said field inspections of Cargo Road had been completed and a report into the speed limit review was being finalised.

The Escort Way will be reviewed early next year and the council will have the opportunity to comment on both before a decision to change the speed zones is made.

Cr Reg Kidd said speed limits needed to be reduced as soon as possible to make it safer for the young families living either side of the Escort Way and Cargo Road.

“People would not tolerate an 80km/h zone near James Sheahan or Orange High,” he said.

“It’s very easy for [the RMS] to make comments from Parkes or wherever they are, are they going to wait until someone gets shunted?

“We’re not talking about money, we’re talking about a [speed] sign.”

He has approached Mr Gee to organise a meeting with Mr Gay.

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