TWEED City Shopping Centre manager Michael Tree with a mesh device installed to help prevent trolleys leaving the centre car
TWEED City Shopping Centre manager Michael Tree with a mesh device installed to help prevent trolleys leaving the centre car

Exit trap curtails feral trolleys



TWEED City Shopping centre has adopted an unusual approach to reducing the number of wayward supermarket trolleys left around suburban streets.

The centre is using a safety feature of the trolleys' own design - wheels which lock into the grooves on the travelator - to deter shop- pers from pushing them beyond the carpark exits.

Centre manager Michael Tree said the main reason trolleys went missing was shoppers took them home then abandoned them.

As a trial, panels of the travelator were set in the footpath at the Kirkwood Road exit.

The grooves make it difficult to push a trolley past the exit.

Mr Tree said the Kirwood Road trial proved successful, with 10-12 trolleys collected from the exit each day compared to only one or two pre-trial. Plates would now be installed at the centre's other exits.



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