No traffic lights for Murbah

By PETER CATON

MURWILLUMBAH residents and motorists can breath a sigh of relief. Traffic lights are a long way off.

Last week, as some residents called for ring roads to take traffic out of the town's CBD, others expressed concern if traffic continued to increase in the heart of town, traffic lights would be introduced.

But Tweed Shire Council traffic and transport engineer Paul Morgan says there are no long-term plans for signals.

He said traffic at the busiest spot in town, Wollumbin Street outside Sunnyside Shopping Centre, was still "functioning well within acceptable limits".

Mr Morgan said signals had previously been considered for the pedestrian crossing outside Sunnyside but the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, whose approval would be needed, was not convinced they were need.

Mr Morgan said the area only experienced slight traffic problems shortly after 3pm each day as school buses moved through the heart of town and some parents picked up children from schools.

Yesterday a street poll of people in Murwillumbah found both visitors and local residents agreed Murwillumbah does not yet need traffic lights.

Some thought traffic lights could be considered for the pedestrian crossing outside Sunnyside, but most felt the current situation worked fine.

Most were also happy with the town's traffic roundabouts.



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