Speed not the problem

By DAVID MOASE

POOR road design ? not speeding drivers ? has been the main cause of recent fatal accidents on the Pacific Highway.

That was the message Bypass Action Network (BAN) representative Bruce Scanlon gave to NSW Roads Minister Joe Tripodi in a meeting at Coffs Harbour Airport on Thursday.

Following Mr Tripodi's announcement of safety measures on the notorious stretch of highway around Bonville, Mr Scanlon used the 20-minute meeting to push for ongoing safety improvements along the Coffs Coast.

At the end of their discussion, the minister agreed to see a delegation of BAN members in Sydney later this year.

"Mr Tripodi was very receptive to the points I was able to make," Mr Scanlon said.

"He did mention the work to be done at Bonville and I told him there were many other Bonvilles along the highway.

"I pointed out that in most of the recent fatal accidents speed wasn't the main factor, but rather the main thing is the design of the road.

"That seemed to take him aback but I think it opened the door to discus- sions about road design."

BAN is pushing for a new plan to upgrade the highway between Sapphire and Woolgoolga, which it says would cost one-third of the RTA's $900 million option and cause far less disruption.

The delegation hopes to take that message to Mr Tripodi in December.



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