Flushcombe Road and Bungarribee Road intersection could have traffic lights replace roundabout

SAFETY HAZARD: Drivers queue across the intersection as the pedestrian crossing lights activate on Flushcombe Road.

SAFETY HAZARD: Drivers queue across the intersection as the pedestrian crossing lights activate on Flushcombe Road.

Residents are at a crossroads as to what should be done with the infamous Flushcombe and Bungarribee roads intersection.

Blacktown Council was granted $526,000 to investigate the troubled roundabout, and is expected to report back to Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) later this year.

The pedestrian crossing and lights system is known to frustrate and confuse motorists, especially during peak hours.

Opinion is divided as to whether replacing the roundabout with traffic lights would improve congestion, but most readers who left comments on the Sun’s Facebook page agreed the existing design was a safety hazard.

“Can’t understand why they just don’t have lights,” Kim Dengate said. “Very dangerous for pedestrians waiting to cross. Lots of children use it as it has two schools nearby.”

“Someone almost hits me every time I am game enough to go past here,” Sally Bruce said.

But Steel McMillan said traffic lights would make congestion worse between Walters and Flushcombe roads, and suggested the council should instead install fencing to protect pedestrians.

An RMS spokesperson said the community would be kept informed as plans progress.

Converting the roundabout to a signalised intersection is among several options being considered.

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