Councils encouraged to apply for blackspot funding

11 September 2012

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has encouraged local councils around the state to ensure they submit applications for blackspot funding for intersections they believe may require upgrading.

This follows the tragic death of an eight-year-old student travelling in a school bus involved in a crash at the intersection of Kelso and Church streets in Singleton yesterday.

An RMS spokesperson said Singleton Council had not submitted a proposal to RMS for blackspot funding for this location within the past five years.

“In 2010 RMS helped Singleton Council review potential blackspot projects it had identified on its local road network – this intersection was not included in the review,” the spokesperson said. 

"The council adopted a plan to widen Kelso Street but this work has not yet been carried out by the council.

“There has been some discussion about the adequacy of the traffic signs at the intersection.

“All traffic signs on local roads are the responsibility of councils and RMS will continue to work with council to ensure they meet the national standards.”

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