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Zed wants NSW to fix the King’s Highway

By johnboy - 13 March 2012 28

Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is making an unusual foray into NSW politics, calling for them over the border to pay for upgrades to the road mostly used by us Canberrans after a weekend of fatalities on the Kings Highway:

“There have been too many accidents and fatalities on the Kings Highway and
it is high time the NSW Government takes a serious look at reasonable
upgrades to the road,” Mr Seselja said

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Zed wants NSW to fix the King’s Highway
buzz819 3:26 pm 13 Mar 12

bikhet said :

Bugger the Kings Highway, which only gets busy a few time a year. How about duplicating the Barton Highway with is busy every workday – and no, I don’t commute from Yass, Murrumbateman, etc

5 People didn’t die on that road last weekend.

bikhet 3:02 pm 13 Mar 12

Bugger the Kings Highway, which only gets busy a few time a year. How about duplicating the Barton Highway with is busy every workday – and no, I don’t commute from Yass, Murrumbateman, etc

cyla 2:56 pm 13 Mar 12

As much as I hate speed cameras, I can see a genuine need for one of those average speed cameras. Then people who want to get to the coast in 1-2hrs can pay for a photo of themselves, and pay for the upkeep of the road.

Primal 2:29 pm 13 Mar 12

I’d settle for some unreasonable upgrades too. How about a loop-the-loop at the top of Clyde Mountain? A submerged tunnel surrounded by an artificial aquarium outside Bungers? A drive-thru model of human internal organs at Nelligan?

Keijidosha 2:26 pm 13 Mar 12

Before Zed gets on his high horse and demands NSW improve the quality of the Kings Highway, maybe he should look at the quality of drivers that the ACT licencing system produces?

Growling Ferret said :

I don’t want to sound heartless, but the fatalities on the weekend involved

a) a father from Jindabyne and two innocent children
b) two Chinese students overtaking illegally and speeding

I hardly believe either of these are the ‘typical Canberra Public Servant drivers’ referenced elsewhere in the three threads currently running.

Spot on. Canberra’s public servants shouldn’t be singled out as the cause of accidents on the Kings Highway. Most Canberrans (myself included) do the majority of their driving on flat, dual lane divided roads. It is little wonder when we flood the Kings Highway en-masse that shit hits the fan.

Zed’s suggestions of widening shoulders and installing barriers aren’t going to fix the real issue: Driver inexperience, impatience and disrespect for driving conditions are the overriding causes of accidents on this road.

EvanJames 2:26 pm 13 Mar 12

yellowsnow said :

ACT govt chooses to spend taxpayer money on hideous sculptures, arboretums and building expensive lakes and new suburbs out of asbestos, instead of road maintenance (ever wondered why Canberra gets el-cheapo chip seal roads in urban areas, while other cities get proper, smooth bitumen? Overspending on art and new suburbs is one reason).

With Brown Mountain road closed and the King’s getting more use as a result, we could raffle off some of the hideous art (as no one is likely to want to buy suburbs made of asbestos), and chip in for some extra highway policemen?

As their “owners”, we could have a subscriber service where we could log in to their Cop Cams and watch them catching lunatics, make a TV show out of it and flog it to a TV network and then syndicate it. Profit. Problem solved.

Growling Ferret 1:29 pm 13 Mar 12

I don’t want to sound heartless, but the fatalities on the weekend involved

a) a father from Jindabyne and two innocent children
b) two Chinese students overtaking illegally and speeding

I hardly believe either of these are the ‘typical Canberra Public Servant drivers’ referenced elsewhere in the three threads currently running.

I suspect these won’t be the only fatalities that will occur over the next few months, especially as Brown Mountain could be out of action for three months and the level of traffic on the Kings Highway will be far higher than normal.

yellowsnow 1:13 pm 13 Mar 12

yeah right, because Canberra roads are absolutely perfect as they are.

In many ways the Kings Hwy is a better road than Canberra roads that get higher traffic – eg William Hovell Drive.

Just as the ACT govt has funding priorities based on where elections are won and lost, so does the NSW govt. As it is, ACT govt chooses to spend taxpayer money on hideous sculptures, arboretums and building expensive lakes and new suburbs out of asbestos, instead of road maintenance (ever wondered why Canberra gets el-cheapo chip seal roads in urban areas, while other cities get proper, smooth bitumen? Overspending on art and new suburbs is one reason).

NSW has chosen to prioritise the Pacific and Princes Highways instead of the Kings hwy, as is their right. If the ACT or Fed govts choose to contribute to the road, NSW might change its mind

Chop71 1:03 pm 13 Mar 12

p1 said :

Maybe NSW could upgrade the Kings Highway a little in exchange for the ACT stopping whinging about people from Shelbyville Queanbeyan using Canberra Hospitals?

That’s exactly what I was going to say

00davist 12:50 pm 13 Mar 12

So NSW needs to fix the road, because Canberra drivers have no idea how to drive responsibly on a mountain pass?

the road is actually not all that bad, try Maquarie pass or Jambaroo Mountain RD, then see what you think, or better yet, try calling for enforcement of basic road rules right here in the ACT, maybe if people learned to drive at speed (not 30 under or 20 over), to the conditions, at a safe distance from the car in front, and worked out what the lines on the road, and the indicators on there car are for, then things will improve.

Quit blaming Dell because you can’t find the ‘any key’ it’s NSW responsibility to compensate ACT stupidity.

G-Fresh 12:48 pm 13 Mar 12

farcical.

p1 12:41 pm 13 Mar 12

Maybe NSW could upgrade the Kings Highway a little in exchange for the ACT stopping whinging about people from Shelbyville Queanbeyan using Canberra Hospitals?

Actually, I think that road is mostly pretty good (damage occurring during recent wet weather not withstanding), and it is probably a case of driver eduction, more visible policing, and accepting that some people will be either reckless or unlucky each year.

EvanJames 12:38 pm 13 Mar 12

Be cheaper for them to upgrade the visible police presence… establish a White and Blue Plate Taskforce Squad to operate out of Bungers and Braidy. Seriously. The Killer Road would then kill no more.

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 12:37 pm 13 Mar 12

I doubt there’ll be much response. ACT hasn’t exactly been a good neighbour in recent years (location of the gaol, new industrial estate, etc).

A smarter approach would be to see if funding from ACT, NSW and federal sources can be coordinated and applied.

neanderthalsis 12:28 pm 13 Mar 12

Well, it is in NSW…

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