POLL: Drivers playing dodgem on Sale Street: traffic obstacles must go, says Kidd

UNNECESSARY: Councillor Reg Kidd believes the speed humps and chicanes on Sale Street, near the former hospital should be removed. Photo: JUDE KEOGH  0205salest3
UNNECESSARY: Councillor Reg Kidd believes the speed humps and chicanes on Sale Street, near the former hospital should be removed. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0205salest3

THEY may have helped traffic flow when the former Orange base hospital was operational, but the chicanes and parking bays on Sale Street have outlived their usefulness, according to councillor Reg Kidd.

A mix of speed humps, chicanes and parking bays have occupied the area between Prince and Dalton streets since the hospital was in use, but Cr Kidd said they now presented an obstacle.

“The traffic flow would work better north-south if they were removed,” he said.

“I’ve seen people go straight over the top of them, and then like dodgem cars, you have to go in and out and most people avoid it.”

Cr Kidd raised the matter at Tuesday’s council meeting and said he was told the existing traffic conditions might be required to enable truck movement in and out of the hospital site once its future was decided.

However, he argued trucks might not fit through the Sale Street area and temporary traffic barriers would be more visible.

Cr Kidd said the traffic lights on the corner of Anson and Prince streets should also be reviewed. 

“Before, you had Apex House and the maternity ward and the ambulance station and ambulances were shooting out,” he said.

“None of that happens now.”

Orange City Council corporate and community relations manager Nick Redmond said there were no plans to amend the existing traffic layout in Sale Street between Prince and Dalton streets until the plans for the development of the old hospital site were finalised. 

“That’s also true of the traffic lights at the intersection of Prince and Anson streets,” he said.

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