Aldi opening tests roads

Ladies (and gents), start your trolleys
Ladies (and gents), start your trolleys

AMBER is often associated with caution and that's exactly what motorists needed yesterday at the intersection of Amber Road and Machinery Drive South Tweed Heads. The intersection, in front of the new Aldi supermarket, saw heavy traffic yesterday and at least one minor accident with one car towed away. Tweed Shire Council, although it plans to continue monitoring traffic conditions, has no immediate plans to upgrade the intersection. But today Council officers plan to meet with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority officials to discuss linking nearby Kirkwood Road with the Tweed Heads bypass to alleviate traffic in South Tweed Heads. Council engineer Ian Munro said on and off ramps linking Kirkwood Road and the Pacific Highway would reduce traffic on Machinery Drive. He said the Council was also inviting residents to a public meeting in the Home and Community Care centre next to the South Tweed Heads swimming pool complex from 6.30pm on Tuesday to voice their opinions on plans to extend Kirkwood Road to connect Fraser Drive and Minjungbal Drive, creating another east-west link. Yesterday Machinery Drive businesspeople said they noticed the unusually heavy traffic but few were annoyed. Some said a few customers for the Aldi store had parked in some private parking areas up to 100 metres away from the Aldi store, but added they had anticipated the store's opening day would be hectic. Most expected the presence of the store to be good for business in the long term, though some said customers may have stayed away yesterday because of an expected traffic jam. Bob Stewart of Burger Bob's Snack Bar next door to the supermarket set up a special outdoor servery to sell drinks and sausage-sandwiches to hungry and thirsty Aldi bargain hunters. "I reckon it will be good for us but it was always going to be hectic on the first day," he said. "It was good when it was being built because the workers came over here for the fast food. I think we will continue to pick up a lot more business."

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