'These people don’t look': motorists use Sundew Circuit as a u-turn bay

A car conducts a U-turn in Sundew Circuit.
A car conducts a U-turn in Sundew Circuit.

WITH more traffic soon to be diverted past James Sheahan Catholic High School, one nearby resident says it is a matter of time before a serious accident occurs. 

Tim Macqueen lives in Sundew Circuit and said student and parent motorists accessing the school often used the street’s southern section as a u-turn point.

He said there was a danger to the drivers travelling straight if they swung around too quickly and came to a stop inside the intersection.

“These people don’t look,” he said.

“I don’t know how someone hasn’t been T-boned.”

Mr Macqueen said he had to stop suddenly earlier this week when school returned.

“If I didn’t stop, my bullbar would have hit this poor girl,” he said.

He said he feared for the situation even more once work started on the Forest Road bridge duplication, which is still in the tender process, because traffic would be diverted along Anson Street and asked Orange City Council to consider it beforehand.

Council spokesman Nick Redmond said members of the City of Orange Traffic committee had begun discussions with the James Sheahan community to look for solutions to the traffic problems around the school in Anson Street and encouraged residents to submit concerns in writing.

“In due course some suggested changes will come back to the committee for consideration,” he said.

“If residents of Sundew Circuit want to have further ideas considered as part of the mix of solutions, the committee would be interested to hear from them.”