The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell has called on the Andrews Labor Government to address safety concerns at a newly constructed public bus stop in White Hills.
Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament, Ms Lovell said that concerns about the Napier Street bus stop had been raised with her by nearby business owners as far back as October last year but despite raising these with minister for Roads and Road Safety Ben Carroll at the time, construction continued.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell said that now that the bus stop was operational, safety concerns had increased and she called for an urgent safety review to be conducted, with a view to relocating the bus stop to a more appropriate location.
The bus stop is located in between entry and exit driveways to an off-street car park and drivers exiting the car park have an obscured view of oncoming traffic in Napier St when a bus is present. Business owners also hold concerns about children exiting the bus and running into the car park and into the path of reversing vehicles.
Questions regarding compliance have also been raised as to whether the space between the two driveways meets the minimum required space for a bus stop.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“After hearing from nearby business owners, I raised their concerns about the location of this public bus stop with the Minister in October but true to form their views were ignored, and construction continued.
“Now that the bus stop is operational, fears for the safety of motorists and pedestrians have only grown and Mr Carroll needs to intervene and order an urgent safety review before a collision occurs and someone is seriously injured as a result.
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