No Griffith St Upgrade
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Toowoomba City Council is proposing an upgrade of Griffiths Street which also includes changes to the New England Highway and Griffiths Street intersection and will impact greatly on surrounding streets within Harlaxton, Toowoomba.
The reasoning for these changes is spurious and has been done without adequate consultation with, or proper regard for, the local community. In particular, the proposed NO RIGHT TURN access/exit out of any property along Griffiths Street, making access to residential properties and neighbouring businesses difficult and inconvenient. The stakeholders who were contacted by Council have been given only 13 working days to respond with any concerns; however business owners were informed that design has already commenced.
By way of one example only, to illustrate the impact of the proposed changes, presently the Blue Mountain FoodWorks receives many daily and regular custom from the neighbouring businesses located 660 metres down Griffiths Street. Those customers currently have direct access to the FoodWorks centre via Griffiths Street. If the proposed works are carried out, those same customers will have to make a 5.86 kilometre round trip (as opposed to 1.3 kilometres currently). This trip will include 3 sets of traffic lights, three passes through round abouts and twice over the railway crossing.
Vehicles travelling along the light industrial section of Griffiths St that are unable to right turn into a business will be required to proceed to the roundabouts (a. Goombungee Road intersection and b. Mort St west of old KR Factory) and double back, creating a doubling effect on the road of the traffic wishing to utilise these businesses and, in addition, adding more traffic (including Heavy Vehicle) to roundabouts. At peak hour this will greatly impact on traffic flow. This does not marry well with the over-inflated traffic volumes provided by council or the promise of greater efficiency of traffic.
Please sign our petition to let Council know that their community deserves adequate consultation, reasonable objection deadlines and a greater regard for the impact their decisions have on Toowoomba's homes and small businesses
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