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.