Strathfield MP, Jodi McKay, has called on Roads Minister Melinda Pavey to join in the Christmas spirit and deliver an early Christmas present to residents by committing to much needed safety upgrades on Frederick Street in Ashfield, and at the intersection of Flemington Street and Parramatta Road, Homebush West.
The pedestrian crossings at the intersection of Henry Street and John Street on Frederick Street are notoriously unsafe, with numerous accidents and near misses occurring over the last few years. In May this year, a student at De La Salle College in Ashfield was hit by a car, while RMS figures show 30 people were seriously injured in crashes on Frederick Street between 2015 and 2016.
Despite previously promising that design works for the safety upgrades were completed, RMS have now refused to provide details of whether the project is funded or when works will commence. The Minister is yet to respond to two letters seeking clarity on the status of the safety work.
The intersection of Flemington Street and Parramatta Road, Homebush West, faces similar problems. The Minister has ignored two letters calling for urgent upgrades at the intersection, despite a pregnant woman dying after being hit by a vehicle while crossing Parramat road this year.
Quotes attributable to Jodi McKay MP, Member for Strathfield
“Just this year, I have written to the Minister on five different occasions making clear just how important these safety improvements are to our local community. She is yet to respond to my pleas for assistance.
“Our community deserves to know if the Government will complete these upgrades, and when work will commence.
“The Government has dithered on these issues for long enough. My community is sick and tired of waiting for these much needed upgrades. The Minister should commit to making these intersection and pedestrian crossings safer for local residents, provide the funding and give a clear timeframe on when work will commence.