Light MP Tony Piccolo urges state government to consider pedestrian safety in Gawler

More than two weeks since calling on the state government to address pedestrian safety in Gawler, Light MP Tony Piccolo's official request remains unanswered.

The hands on MP had urged the Liberal Government on November 23 to consider installing two pedestrian crossings in Gawler, to improve pedestrian safety and better access to businesses.

On behalf of the community, he seeks one pedestrian crossing to be installed along Lyndoch Road, near the Visitor Centre, and the other at the intersection of 12th and 15th streets, Gawler South.

As Mr Piccolo explained, both roads fall under the care and control of the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI).

DPTI did not meet Barossa Herald's deadline for an opportunity to respond.

Meanwhile, the MP understands that the two proposed pedestrian crossings form part of the Gawler council's walking and cycling strategy.

In a letter to the Transport Minister Stephan Knoll, Mr Piccolo states that both roads are major thoroughfares, carrying high volumes of traffic, with Lyndoch Road also catering for heavy vehicles.

Mr Piccolo says that a pedestrian crossing at Lyndoch Road, Gawler, would significantly improve pedestrian safety for those people looking to access the Gawler Visitor Centre, Country Office stationery and equipment business, the Exchange Hotel, the weekly produce market, plus Pioneer Park.

"A great deal of parking is available just south of Lyndoch Road, along High Street, so a crossing at this point would work well," Mr Piccolo said.

The MP acknowledges that both locations present technical or engineering challenges but could nevertheless be designed and installed at his suggested locations.

"I am not seeking activated pedestrian crossings but rather crossings with pedestrian refuges in the centre," Mr Piccolo said.

"This would create a safer environment for pedestrians, reduce vehicle speeds, and the associated ramps installed at the crossings would also improve access for those people living with a disability."

In relation to the 12th and 15th streets intersection, Mr Piccolo has observed that people cross at this point when heading towards the Gawler Railway Station.

"The high number of potential vehicle movements at this location makes it a high-risk crossing spot for pedestrians, when not supported with appropriate road traffic infrastructure," Mr Piccolo said.

"Combined with poor lighting, it is a recipe for some serious crashes."

Mr Piccolo said he understood that DPTI have already undertaken some design work for a pedestrian crossing at this location.

His request is that the crossing be installed as soon as possible.