Safety measures sought at crossing


FRANKSTON Council have agreed to seek an MOA from the Department of Transport to install a pedestrian operated signal at McCormicks Road in Skye following a fatal collision involving an elderly pedestrian earlier this year.

Council also agreed unanimously to “liaise with state and federal governments to seek support and funding for the installation of pedestrian operated signals in McCormicks Road.”

The move was made in response to a petition with 552 signatures demanding a safety audit at the crossing point and pedestrian refuge on McCormicks Rd. A road safety audit has been completed by HDS Australia.

A 92-year-old woman was struck and killed at the Skye road on 29 July. She was returning to the Oak Tree Retirement Village after going shopping when she has hit, and died at the scene.

The victim’s niece spoke at the meeting, making an impassioned plea for council to act.

“We all have a duty of care to our most vulnerable residents,” she said.

First published in the Frankston Times – 2 December 2019

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