Proposed new route for school buses addresses safety concerns for hundreds of children
A proposal to re-route school buses around Singleton Public School with drop offs and pick ups on Hunter Street is being considered to improve the safety of hundreds of school children.
Singleton Council has invited feedback from residents of Hunter and Elizabeth streets as well as parents about the possibility of making Hunter Street one way between John Street and Church Street, to address safety issues associated with school bus movements and the high volume of traffic and pedestrians.
The proposal would see school buses turning left from John Street and onto Hunter Street to deliver children to a new bus area, eliminating the need for right turns out of Elizabeth Street onto John Street.
Parents would be encouraged to drop off their children at Elizabeth Street.
Mark Ihlein, Director Planning and Infrastructure Services said the proposal was part of the scope of the Town Centre – Stage 2 Upgrade, which included improvements to the Elizabeth and John streets intersection for the safety of school buses, general traffic movements and school children.
“An obvious option is to reconfigure the intersection to move the kerbline outside the former car dealership building on Elizabeth Street and install a small roundabout, and Council is working through the costs and implications of that possibility,” he said.
“Similarly, traffic lights at this intersection and other traffic control devices in other parts of John Street are also options, but further investigation is required into the impacts on the flow and management of traffic on John Street more broadly.”
Mr Ihlein said the bus rerouting was a plausible solution that offered benefits beyond the management of the Elizabeth and John Street intersection.
“The one-way option on Hunter Street would improve safety for school children considerably and improve traffic flow and parking on what is a very busy and narrow street,” he said.
“Measures to improve the delineation of parking on Hunter Street as well as to slow one-way traffic would also be included under the project.
“Council is in discussions with the Department of Education, Transport for NSW and the bus companies about this possibility, and we are also interested in the views of residents in Hunter and Elizabeth streets and parents before a final decision can be made.
“We thank everyone who has taken the time already to make a submission or respond to the survey, and there’s still time before the survey closes on Friday 1 November 2019.”
The link to the survey is available at www.surveymonkey.com/r/onewayoption