Valley entrance change debated



GLADSTONE City Council will trial a change to the Herbert Street entrance of the Valley Shopping Centre in an attempt to make it safer.

At Wednesday's meeting the council tabled three options for the entrance, including restricting it to one way only.

The entrance was identified during the traffic study for the CBD revitalisation, as being an area of concern for traffic.

Other options considered by the council included inserting a traffic island to prevent motorists turning right off Herbert Street into the shopping centre.

The councillors had also received information from elderly residents in the area that a pedestrian crossing was needed across Herbert Street, and the suggestion was considered.

During discussion the councillors agreed that there would not be one solution to please all stakeholders.

'I don't think there is a magic formula that will make everyone happy, so we just have to look at what is best for the majority,' Councillor Len Smith said.

In the end the council voted to remove several parking bays to provide a queuing area for cars.

It will also install a crossing area on Herbert Street, but pedestrians will still have to give way to traffic.



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