Broke backstreet racers a problem

‘‘THE boys are racing and that’s the problem.’’

So says Broke resident Brad Gall, who fears motorists speeding through the village backstreets to get to work will soon cause a casualty.

Mr Gall and another resident, Jenny Wright, want help to stop drivers taking the short cuts.

They say drivers use Archer, Cochrane and Howe streets to get ahead of the bulk of traffic forced to stop at the intersection of Singleton Road and Paynes Crossing Road.

Nelson Street residents sounded the alarm back in February.

Miss Wright wrote to Singleton Council and every area mining and contracting company she could think of to ask their workers to stop speeding through the back streets.

‘‘Things quietened down for a while but it has ramped up again,’’ Miss Wright said.

The two say traffic, doing well over the 50km/h limit, starts about 5.45am and peaks again about 3pm to 4pm.

Mr Gall has asked the council to begin closing streets, forcing all traffic to use the main thoroughfare Paynes Crossing Road.

‘‘The problem is policing,’’ Mr Gall said.

‘‘The mining industry has strange rosters and there are different workers at different times.’’

Broke is another example of increased work-related traffic in villages around the Singleton local government area.

Other hot spots where residents have made complaints are Stanhope and Elderslie roads.

Closing Nelson Street could spread the problem to other streets so councillors have decided to ask Roads and Maritime Services to install mobile speed cameras for a three-month trial. If unsuccessful, closing Nelson Street could be a future option, the council says.

Miss Wright said companies responded well to her February letter asking them to prevent the problem. She’d heard from friends who said they’d been warned about the problem in their ‘‘toolbox training’’ sessions at work.

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