Restore safe entry and exit at McDowall Village Shopping Centre to cope with the significant increase in traffic due to major road upgrades.

Principal Petitioner Sonia Partlett, Mcdowall
Date Closed Wed, 21 Feb 2018 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 185 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Brisbane City Council to address the erosion of safe entry and exit at McDowall Village Shopping Centre following major road upgrades undertaken over the past seven years and in light of new upgrades currently in planning. Residents have been corresponding (written and in person) with Council about this issue for several years following the major upgrade joining both sections of Hamilton Road. Residents have again raised concerns about this issue in light of the planned upgrade to the Hamilton and Beckett Road intersection. This has been done through attendance at a community meeting with City Council Projects and through written and face to face correspondence with Councillor for McDowall (Norm Wyndham). Having reviewed recent responses from City Council Projects and from Councillor for McDowall Ward (Norm Wyndham), it is clear to us that the issue of safe entry and exit at the shopping centre will not be resolved through current Council plans for the upgrade to the Hamilton and Beckett Road intersection.

Residents are therefore requesting Brisbane City Council to:
1. Acknowledge that dealing with the traffic flow through the Hamilton Road and Beckett Road intersection is not sufficient; the upgrade currently in planning must address the issue of safe entry and exit at McDowall Village Shopping Centre;
2. Engage in an open and mediated discussion with all parties (residents, owner of the shopping centre and neighbouring developer) to thoroughly explore all sensible options to resolve the issue; and
3. Implement a sensible and sustainable change to the road area surrounding the entry and exit (both directions) at McDowall Village Shopping Centre as part of the upgrade to Hamilton and Beckett Road intersection.

Council response

Thank you for your petition to Council to restore safe entry and exit at the McDowall Village Shopping Centre to cope with the significant increase in traffic due to major road upgrades.

Council is upgrading the Beckett Road and Hamilton Road intersection to improve traffic efficiency, reduce delays and enhance safety for all road users. The intersection is currently operating at capacity, with significant delays experienced at peak times. Without improvement, the intersection will continue to be congested, which can lead to a range of undesirable driver behaviours including rat running and unsafe driving manoeuvres.

The scope of works for the intersection upgrade does not include changes to the existing entry/exit point to McDowall Village Shopping Centre. However, the project will reconfigure the existing two westbound lanes on Hamilton Road to create a through lane, a shared through/right-turn lane and a right-turn pocket on approach to the intersection. This will increase capacity, improve the efficiency and operation of the existing road and reduce queue lengths, which will enhance access to and from the shopping centre. In turn, this should also improve sight lines when exiting the shopping centre, with the reduction in queue lengths, making it easier to exit on to Hamilton Road.

During a meeting with the local resident group on 5 February 2018, Council committed to investigate options to improve access to the shopping centre and agreed to provide feedback on the outcomes. Council advised that changing access to the shopping centre and reconfiguring the internal car park layout would require support and funding from the McDowall Village Shopping Centre management. Council also committed to initiating discussions with the McDowall Village Shopping Centre management to present the proposed access changes.

I can confirm that Council has contacted the McDowall Village Shopping Centre Manager and provided a concept drawing showing the access changes at the commercial entry via the signalised intersection at Paramount Circuit. Council also requested permission to remove the shrub adjacent to the fire hydrant on the eastern side of the existing entry/exit point. The McDowall Village Shopping Centre Manager has approved removal of the shrub, however, no feedback has been received from the property owner on Council’s proposed access changes. Council will continue discussions with McDowall Village Shopping Centre management and will provide feedback on the outcomes.

Council has also investigated the option of including a merge pocket on the centre median for right-turn movements out of the shopping centre to allow motorists to wait for a break in the traffic before merging onto Hamilton Road. Council can advise that this option cannot proceed from a design and safety aspect due to insufficient road width on Hamilton Road to allow a car to safely wait in the centre median before merging.

Investigations are progressing on the proposed access changes provided by the local resident group during the meeting on 5 February 2018. As discussed in the meeting, Council will provide an update on the outcomes of these investigations once completed.

Thank you for raising this matter.