Tillyard Drive intersection upgrade stuck in Budget traffic

Ian Bushnell 23 February 2018 17
Liberal MLA Elizabeth Kikkert at the intersection. Photo: File photo.

Liberal MLA Elizabeth Kikkert at the intersection. Photo: File photo.

The good news for Belconnen residents is that Roads ACT has recommended the installation of traffic signals at the Tillyard Drive intersection with Ginninderra Drive. The bad news is that it doesn’t appear that it will happen any time soon.

A spokesperson for the Minister for Transport and City Services, Meegan Fitzharris, said the Roads ACT study that had identified the need for traffic lights at the intersection was being “carefully considered’ by the Government, but that a project of this scale remained subject to the annual budget process.

Instead of traffic lights, Roads ACT has proposed a set of traffic calming measures in Tillyard Drive and affected streets including lane narrowing, improved line marking, speed cushions, better signage and pedestrian refuge islands.

This has angered residents who have argued for years to have lights installed as the numbers of accidents keeps rising.

Fraser resident Caroline Reid, who has been going through the Tillyard Drive intersection for the 25 years, took to Facebook after receiving a notice in the letterbox advising of the measures after a consultation process in which residents clearly said traffic lights were needed.

“It’s not fixing the main problem, you’re just Band-Aiding it,” she said. “If there is an identified need on safety grounds for traffic lights then it should be expedited and budgeted for.”

She said that only a few weeks ago there was a serious two-vehicle accident there which put a woman and two children in hospital.

Ms Reid said that over a month ago she wrote to Roads ACT and politicians, including the Minister, but she had not received any response.

She said the Government had managed to install lights at the Kippax intersection which wasn’t as bad as Tillyard Drive, but ‘Charnwood’s a poor area and nothing’s ever prioritised there, that would be my observation over 25 years. That area never gets attention, it’s always last on the list because of its low-income status’.

Ms Reid said local residents would continue to avoid that intersection ‘because we know better, because we have seen accidents week on week.’

“We drive on the side streets and then the residents complain they’ve got too much traffic,” she said.

Liberal MLA Elizabeth Kikkert has been campaigning for lights to be installed at the intersection for years, recently penning a piece for The RiotACT.

She called on the Government this week in the Legislative Assembly to plan for traffic safety measures in its upcoming budget and to specify when the measures will be implemented.

But Ms Fitzharris said in response to her motion that intersection improvements of this scale required specific capital funding through the budget process and that the Government could not pre-empt that by appropriating money ‘willy-nilly without going through the appropriate processes’.

Ms Fitzharris said that the original consultation on Tillyard Drive expressly did not include consideration of major intersections but acknowledged that that could have been made clearer in the consultations from Transport and City Services.

“We need to be really clear with the community that the measures taken as a result of local area traffic management studies generally include small-scale improvements,” she said.

The Minister told the Assembly that the Government was seriously looking at the intersection and she supported prioritising this particular project.

“I am in no doubt of the importance of upgrading this intersection, but I really would encourage Mrs Kikkert to listen to what has previously been discussed on this matter, to acknowledge the seriousness with which the Government is looking at this project. But I simply cannot, and I believe it would be somewhat unprecedented to agree with Mrs Kikkert’s motion, which asks the Government to pre-empt budget discussions and budget decision-making prior to the release of the 2018-19 budget in June,” she said.

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17 Responses to Tillyard Drive intersection upgrade stuck in Budget traffic
Seriously q mark Seriously q mark 8:57 pm 06 Apr 18

Can we have a petition not to have lights? It would get more signed up than a petition to have lights. Perhaps a roundabout would be better, or don’t let traffic turn left from Tillyard onto Ginninderra.

Another option would be charging higher rego costs for bad drivers – where on this intersection it is impatience that causes the accident.

Robert Tulip Robert Tulip 12:53 pm 26 Feb 18

Cut the speed limit on Ginninderra Drive at Charnwood to 70k and upgrade Tillyard intersection from Give Way to Stop Signs.
Same 80k speed limit as William Hovell Drive and Haydon Drive!!
No change at Tillyard except sliplane since Dunlop and Gungahlin built, despite massive traffic increase!!!

Wing Nut Wing Nut 8:17 pm 25 Feb 18

If Andrew can’t run a billion dollar light rail through your suburb then sorry, no money for you.

Keran Niquet Keran Niquet 2:07 pm 25 Feb 18

I have lived in this area since 1979, hardly a week goes by without some prang at this intersection. Instead of trying to score political points, the supposed minister should re-think her priorities.

Vanessa Jones Vanessa Jones 6:45 pm 24 Feb 18

West Belconnen is sooo neglected by the ACT Labor government.

Jason Metz Jason Metz 6:05 pm 24 Feb 18

Maybe if people learnt to drive there would be less accidents as well... just a thought 😳

Stephen Page-Murray Stephen Page-Murray 5:44 pm 24 Feb 18

If people followed the road rules this wouldn’t be a problem

Kate Cuthbert Kate Cuthbert 5:08 pm 24 Feb 18

Idiots. So maybe when the next accident happens, whoever is involved should sue the government. They know it needs to be done but just won't.

I'd always wondered how accidents happen here. I was waiting to cross over to ginnenderra drive the other day and a vehicle approached to come over. I waited as I was sitting at the give way sign, the other car got shitty and was trying to wave me across. Hmmmm no buddy. I'm not moving

Ruth Bradley Ruth Bradley 4:59 pm 24 Feb 18

Wouldn’t be so bad if people weren’t so impatient. People are always pulling out into Tillyard dr from Ginninderra drive in front of cars doing 80 ks. I’ve had to slam on my breaks to avoid a collision on many occasions.

    Nick Johnston Nick Johnston 7:20 pm 24 Feb 18

    yes but the thing is people can sit there for 10 mins if the traffic is bad, so they get impatient and do silly things, if there was lights, no need to try to jump out

    Ruth Bradley Ruth Bradley 9:44 pm 24 Feb 18

    Never had to wait 10 minutes to cross and I travel through there at peak hr every morning.

    Chris Bennett Chris Bennett 9:53 pm 24 Feb 18

    There's also the visibility issue at sunset that leads to people pulling out in front of eastbound traffic

Michael Babb Michael Babb 4:56 pm 24 Feb 18

Kippax vs Charnwood class warfare 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

    Megan Lynne Megan Lynne 6:50 pm 24 Feb 18

    Kippax and Charnwood residents sick of seeing accidents, more like.

Brian Hack Brian Hack 4:39 pm 24 Feb 18

While you’re at it, maybe you might want to have a look at the two Karinga Drive intersections at Kingsford Smith and Owen Dixion before someone is killed (again?)

Jasper Roo Jasper Roo 4:37 pm 24 Feb 18

I hate this intersection and avoid it at all costs when coming from Tillyard Dr- even if that means it takes longer. I either go via Lhotsky St or go through Fraser and the back of Charnwood.

Weatherman Weatherman 7:38 pm 23 Feb 18

The notion that Charnwood is a poor area is no excuse for fixing this terrible intersection. It is used by drivers from other suburbs who are commuting or travelling to work as Tillyard Drive and Ginninderra Drive are through roads to various suburbs. It’s so dangerous that myself and many others choose to travel through Lhotsky Street in Charnwood to avoid the intersection. Lhotsky Street is a small road with various schools and churches and is not designed for through traffic.

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