WALK SAFE: Yamba residents are calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed along Yamba Road.
WALK SAFE: Yamba residents are calling for a pedestrian crossing to be installed along Yamba Road.

Chamber lobbies for Yamba Road crossing

By SALLY GORDON

THE Yamba Chamber of Commerce is pushing for a pedestrian crossing along Yamba Road.

The chamber intends to write to the Clarence Valley Council's traffic advisory committee and lobby the Roads and Traffic Authority (RTA) to have a crossing installed.

Chamber president Sue Hughes said the issue had been raised by business owners at a number of chamber meetings.

She said the main concern expressed by residents was that there was no pedestrian crossing from Yamba Road through to Maclean.

"We would be for it ... considering the increase of housing in Harbourside Estate, then there's Caroona Hostel, Yamba Plaza and Yamba Fair," Ms Hughes said.

Manager of project services for Clarence Valley Council, Jim Spencer, said that ultimately it was up to the RTA to install a crossing.

Mr Spencer was doubtful pedestrian and traffic activity along the main road would meet RTA criteria for a crossing.

"To put in a pedestrian cross- ing you need a certain level of pedestrian and car activity to meet a series of RTA warrants ... we just don't have the num- bers," he said.

Mr Spencer said the RTA had concerns with giving people 'a false sense of security'.



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