Public feedback sought on traffic light plan

The Launceston City Council is asking residents for their say on its plan to introduce traffic lights at a Newstead intersection.

The lights are planned for the intersection of Amy and Penquite roads.

The pedestrian lights outside Scotch Oakburn College's Penquite campus will also be removed and a 40 km/h school zone introduced. 

The work forms part of the controversial Penquite Road upgrades that aldermen stopped in 2010 over community concerns before pressing ahead again last year.

The program led to a new road review committee aimed at vetting proposed council roadworks and blackspot funding submissions. 

The committee's first meeting will be next month, and member Paul Bullock said he was concerned the plan for traffic lights had not first been brought to the new group.

``Is it really needed? There doesn't seem to be a bank-up of cars turning into Amy Road that I've seen,'' the Tasmanian Motorcycle Council secretary said. 

The committee includes community representatives Graeme Pitt and motoring commentator and driving instructor Barry Oliver. 

It will be chaired by Alderman Jim Cox with Alderman Robin McKendrick and council staff also members. 

Tasmania Police, the Tasmanian Fire Service, Metro, the Tasmanian Truck Owners Association, the Child Health Association, the Tamar Bicycle Users Group, RACT and the Department of Infrastructure Energy and Resources will also have representatives on board. 

Plans for the Amy Road works can be viewed at the Launceston Town Hall. 

The period for public comment closes on February 22. 

In mid February, the council also plans to upgrade a section of Penquite Road between Norwood and Dapple streets, near the Norwood Takeaway Shop.

The work will include new parking bays in the existing nature strip.

The Penquite and Amy road intersection is under council review.  Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

The Penquite and Amy road intersection is under council review. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER


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