Pedestrian safety measures around Appin Road are finally up for a long overdue facelift in the New Year.
After the tragic death of 13-year-old Joshua Pike on Appin Road in October, frustrated locals once again called for greater safety measures on the dangerous stretch of road.
It was about 3.20pm on the busy link road between the Hume Highway and the South Coast when a delivery truck hit Joshua as he attempted to cross the street after getting off his school bus.
When Member for Campbelltown Greg Warren promised urgent action, many a sceptical eyebrow was raised. After all, empty promises around Appin Road have become somewhat of a political tradition.
But Mr Warren has delivered.
In early 2024, new lining and signposting will be added on Appin Road from Church Street to the north, for approximately 3km, along the existing 50km/h stretch of road.
These improvements will raise driver awareness of the 50km/h speed limit and of the increased pedestrian activity in the area.
“Appin has only recently become part of my electorate but I am committed to delivering for them after years of neglect,” Mr Warren said.
Transport for NSW is additionally finalising a design for a pedestrian refuge in the vicinity of Appin Road (Church Street), which is expected to be completed by mid-2024 depending on the weather.
This will include footpath and/or hardstand areas to connect to the refuge and the existing bus stop to the south.
There will also be improved signposting and line markings related to the bus stop.
Mr Warren has worked closely with Transport for NSW and the Roads and Transport Ministers to ensure that pedestrian safety in Appin remains a priority moving forward.
“The Appin community has been crying out for these safety improvements and I am proud to say that from early next year pedestrians on Appin Road will be safer,” he said.