Pedestrian crossing upgrade at Newcastle complete

21 December 2012

A Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) spokesperson today announced work was completed this week on a $70,000 upgrade of the pedestrian facilities at the intersection of Hunter and Darby streets in the Newcastle CBD.

“The traffic lights at Hunter and Darby streets are used by a large number of pedestrians and RMS responded to public requests to install audio tactile pushbuttons and provide a new post for the push button,” the spokesperson said.

“The pedestrian pushbutton for the westbound crossing of Darby Street was replaced and repositioned closer to the crossing.

“This involved minor widening of the footpath and repositioning of the pram ramp.

“Audio tactile push buttons were also installed on the south eastern and south western corners of the Darby and Hunter streets intersection.

“The upgrade will make it easier for people with disabilities, particularly those with vision impairment, to use the crossings and will remove the potential for confusion among pedestrians about which button to push for each crossing,” the spokesperson said.

RMS thanks motorists and pedestrians for their patience while work was carried out.

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