Council frustrated with RMS delays for new traffic lights

OVERDUE: The Hills deputy mayor Robyn Preston and mayor Yvonne Keane are frustrated with the RMS's delays to installing traffic lights at the intersection.

OVERDUE: The Hills deputy mayor Robyn Preston and mayor Yvonne Keane are frustrated with the RMS's delays to installing traffic lights at the intersection.

THE long wait for traffic lights at the Old Northern and Glenhaven roads intersection could be almost over.

The Hills Council has allocated $4.5 million for the project, but has called on Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to help fast-track the project.

Mayor Yvonne Keane said there has been a lack of urgency in approving plans for the intersection upgrade to the unsafe T-intersection.

“We don’t believe the public’s safety should be jeopardised any longer,” Cr Keane said.

“We must work together to achieve an outcome for residents who are tired of waiting.

“Council has matched funding from the RMS for the road project, developed plans and we are ready to start construction.

“We just need the RMS to remove the current road blocks, acquire the land and help council to get on with the job.”

The upgrade will include installing traffic lights at the intersection, as well as widen Old Northern Road to four lanes through the intersection.

Deputy mayor Robyn Preston, who has spent many years campaigning for the intersection upgrade, said the wait has become frustrating for people who regularly drive through Glenhaven and Dural. 

“It is the only major arterial road in The Hills shire not bounded by a roundabout or a set of traffic lights,” Cr Preston said.

“Residents are tired of asking me when these lights will be installed and I know they are frustrated with the delays.

“We all just want the project finished.”

The councillors have the backing of federal and state MPs, with Berowra federal MP Julian Leeser and Castle Hill state MP Ray Williams also calling for the project to be fast-tracked.

“Road safety is very important in our community and a number of local residents have raised concerns about this particular intersection with me,” Mr Leeser said.

“I commend The Hills Council for taking this action and I call on the NSW Minister for Roads, Melinda Pavey and the RMS to support this project.”

Mr Williams said he has been in discussions with RMS and his state government colleagues in an attempt to accelerate the approval and construction process.

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