ROAD authorities have been accused of bureaucratic buck passing over a community push to get traffic lights at a deadly intersection.
Despite dozens of accidents at the junction of Parramatta and Flemington roads at Homebush West, Roads and Maritime Services and Strathfield Council cannot agree on who should install the signals.
The bickering is frustrating nearby residents who fear more deaths at the intersection where a pregnant pedestrian was killed last year. Over a three-year period, 15 people were hurt in 26 separate accidents.
The pregnant woman, 32, was killed by a car heading west at 7.10pm on August 29 as she was crossing Parramatta Rd at the intersection.
Residents called on Strathfield Labor MP Jodi McKay to lobby the council and RMS on their behalf, but she has not been successful.
Flemington Rd is a major entry point to Paddy's Market as well as Sydney's major wholesale fruit and flower markets at Flemington.
Kurt Cornell, whose family has lived in the area for more than 50 years, said lights were needed urgently.
"We have been campaigning since 1975 to have lights here. I think there have been about five pedestrians who have died here and . countless car crashes," he said.
Ms McKay said the intersection is one of a few on Parramatta Rd without lights.
A Strathfield Council spokesman said local councils could not authorise traffic lights on the local roads that it managed.
"Any proposal to install traffic lights must be approved by the RMS," the spokesman said. "In this instance Parramatta Rd is a State Road and comes under the control of the RMS." An RMS spokesman said while Parramatta Rd is a state road, Flemington Rd is a local road under the care and control of Strathfield Council: "Roads and Maritime has not received a formal request from council for the installation of traffic signals at the intersection.
However, Roads and Maritime will continue to work with and support the Council on improvements to the intersection as required."