Traffic light for Richmond Rd and Lang St

Principal Petitioner Sarah Verschoore, Morningside
Date Closed Wed, 03 Jul 2019 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 4 signatures

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Residents draw to the attention of Council the increased flow of traffic on Richmond Road (due to increased feed in lanes on Wynnum Road and Creek Road) and the difficulty to get onto Richmond Road from roads and driveways, the consequential danger in crossing safely to the bushland, parks, shop and from the bus stops.

Your petitioners therefore request a set of traffic lights at the intersection of Richmond Road and Lang Street which would significantly improve safety for cars and pedestrians and enable easier access into Richmond Road and all its facilities along there.

Council response

Your request for traffic signals at the intersection has been noted. There is a high demand for new traffic infrastructure across the city and Council must prioritise funding to those projects that deliver the greatest benefit in terms of safety and amenity to the wider community.

When considering intersections for traffic signals, the layout and connectivity of the surrounding road network must be considered as well as the function of the roads being assessed. Generally, only district roads or above are considered for a formal assessment of traffic signals. Local access or neighbourhood roads such as Lang Street are only considered for an upgrade to traffic signals in exceptional circumstances. A review of the Queensland Government’s crash database of the past five years has identified that there have been no reported crashes at this intersection.

Council is yet to determine the most appropriate road connecting Wynnum Road to Richmond Road. However, given the poor geometry at its northern end and narrow pavement width compared with other streets in the immediate area, Lang Street is not considered to be a suitable choice. Furthermore, installing traffic signals at Lang Street would attract additional non-local traffic to this road which is not consistent with its function in Council’s road hierarchy. As a result, Lang Street is not proposed for traffic signals at this time.

In relation to your feedback about crossing Richmond Road, it is noted that a pedestrian refuge island is installed approximately 30 metres to the west of its intersection with Lang Street. Pedestrian refuge islands are Council’s preferred crossing treatment where traffic signals are not supported as they provide a safe zone for pedestrians to navigate one direction of traffic at a time. Advanced warning signage for the crossing is in place on both approaches to the crossing to raise the awareness of passing motorists that pedestrians may be present or crossing.

Council released the outcomes of its Move Safe Brisbane Citywide Pedestrian Safety Review on 5 December 2018. The review followed a month-long community consultation from 31 July to 28 August 2018 to gain feedback on areas where Brisbane residents would like to see safety improvements. Feedback has been used by Council to help identify and prioritise safety projects across Brisbane, alongside input from the Queensland Government’s crash data, pedestrian and traffic counts and speed data.

There were four comments relating to pedestrian safety reported in the Move Safe Brisbane consultation for this location, which did not warrant further treatment when compared to other locations across the city.