Editorial - December 6: Hindrance given the green light

WELCOME to Coffs Harbour - now be prepared to slow down, get frustrated and stop.

That should be on signs either side of the city as we get set to welcome (not) our 12th set of highway traffic lights.

With just over 5km between the sets at Isles Dr and Park Beach Rd, that's potentially a red light every 500 or so metres.

Frustrating yes - but is there an opportunity?

How about big colourful signs highlighting all that our city offers to give motorists something to ponder as they wait for lights to go green?

How about at least one telling us all when Coffs Harbour will be freed of indefensible congestion, pollution and noise that bisects our hometown by a real and proper bypass.

Something tells me we shouldn't hold our breath for that one - not that I have any inside information at all.

But when someone is proposing a new multi-million-dollar service station just south of Bray St, you have to wonder if he knows something we don't.

A bypass will significantly affect the viability of all our existing highway service stations, so you'd have to figure that a new player would be banking on many years grace to recoup their considerable investment.

Graeme Singleton,
Editor



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