Flashing lights installed at schools in Blacktown

25 June 2013

Flashing lights installed at schools in Blacktown

Parliamentary Secretary for Transport and Roads, John Ajaka MLC today announced flashing lights have been installed at the following schools, to increase school zone pedestrian safety in the Blacktown area.

  • Tyndale Christian School – Blacktown Campus
  • Doonside Technology High School
  • Crawford Public School
  • Mountain View Adventist College
  • Walters Road Public School
  • Evans High School – Evans Intensive English Centre
  • Coreen Special School
  • Patrician Brothers College

Mr Ajaka said the installations follow the landmark announcement by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government that every school in the state will have a set of flashing lights by December 2015.

The State Budget increases funding for the program from $19.5 million to $32.5 million – meaning an additional 1,500 schools will get lights by 2015 that otherwise would have missed out.

“We are getting on with the job of installing school zone flashing lights at nearly three times the rate of former Labor Government,” Mr Ajaka said.

“With 280 flashing lights installed this financial year – it will be the largest number ever rolled out in a single financial year.

Flashing lights slow motorists down around schools and warn them they are approaching a school – this is great news for schools in the Blacktown area.

“The lights have been installed and will operate automatically between 8am and 9.30am and 2.30pm and 4pm on school days during term time,” Mr Ajaka said.

“We said savings found in the budget would be diverted towards frontline services and here’s the proof,” Mr Ajaka said.

The lights operate automatically when school zone speed limits are in force and increase motorists’ awareness of school zones.

Flashing lights are linked to a central computer system which operates lights across the state.

The lights use LED (light-emitting diode) technology which provides brighter light and is more energy efficient.

Trials of flashing lights have found flashing lights helped to slow motorists by an average of seven kilometres an hour when they enter a school zone.

The full list of installed sites is available on the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) website, and is regularly updated.

Flashing lights are one component of the NSW Government’s school road safety program. Other measures include marked foot crossings, dragon’s teeth markings, traffic lights,
pedestrian refuges and an extensive school road safety education program.

RMS will contact local residents and schools affected by the installation of the lights.

Media: Warren Hudson 0402 087 919

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Flashing lights installed at schools in Blacktown 

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