26 September 2023

Springback Road to bounce for the better

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The Department for Infrastructure and Transport (DIT) has invited public comment on the safety of Springbank Road following a Road Traffic Safety and Access Report on it in response to community concerns about pedestrian safety and difficulty accessing the Road from side roads.

“We are seeking feedback on the Springbank Road Traffic Safety and Access Report, and input on potential opportunities to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and access until 31 March 2023,” the Department said.

It invited the community to discuss the report’s findings and potential opportunities to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety and access.

“The report was underpinned by surveys undertaken in September 2022 which informed analyses of pedestrian movements, pedestrian facilities, vehicle crash trends, traffic movements and public transport,” the Department said.

It said the key findings from the investigations included:

*Traffic volumes on Springbank Road have increased from 21,000 vehicles per day in 2019 to 27,000 vehicles per day in 2022 following the upgrade of the Goodwood Road, Springbank Road and Daws Road intersection in 2021;

* Movements in and out of Eliza Place at Springbank Road have both reduced considerably following the intersection upgrade, suggesting fewer vehicles were using local streets to avoid congestion at the Goodwood Road and Springbank Road intersection;

* Drivers turning right out of Eliza Place, Kent Road and Strathcona Avenue are experiencing delays, observed to be more than two minutes during the day, particularly during peak periods;

* Pedestrian data associated with local schools and their enrolment catchments, which inform the potential routes students take to get to school, indicate there’s a high demand for students crossing Springbank Road between Eliza Place and Daniels Road;

* Traffic data indicate there are few gaps in traffic to cross the road during peak periods; and

* Observations showed a relatively high number of cyclists crossed Springbank Road near Price Avenue, which coincides with a local bicycle route.

Access to the Report and advice on how to comment can be accessed at the DIT website at this PS News link.

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