Intersection `fix' may just transfer problem: retailers

Mr Fix It owner Nathan Hess at the Kings Meadows intersection. Mr Hess is among retailers who are concerned about proposed changes to the busy intersection. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

Mr Fix It owner Nathan Hess at the Kings Meadows intersection. Mr Hess is among retailers who are concerned about proposed changes to the busy intersection. Picture: GEOFF ROBSON

KINGS Meadows business owners have expressed concerns that proposed changes to a busy suburban intersection would simply move congestion further down Hobart Road.

The Launceston City Council's road safety advisory committee has recommended that one of the northbound lanes towards the city, after the Hobart- Riseley Street intersection, be changed into a right- hand turn lane to ease traffic congestion.

This change would come with the addition of turning lights on the intersection's existing traffic lights system.

The committee will need to take its plan to council officers and aldermen for it to be formally adopted.

Kings Meadows barber Robert Savage, who operates his shop on the corner of the intersection, believed the new southbound turning lane would simply cause traffic congestion in another area.

"The bottleneck will only occur further into Kings Meadows," he said.

"Arrow lights would be a good enough solution without changing the direction of the lanes.

Mr Fix It owner Nathan Hess, who operates a store across the road, said the proposed new right-hand turning lane should not come at the detriment of food businesses north of the intersection.

He said cars would quite often travel "bumper to bumper" towards the intersection and traffic would be regularly backed up to the entrance to Meadow Mews.

"A lane change could make this worse," Mr Hess said.

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