Busy road a danger

Take care: Rooty Hill Road South needs to be on the radar of authorities, says resident Keith Darley. Picture: Geoff Jones

Take care: Rooty Hill Road South needs to be on the radar of authorities, says resident Keith Darley. Picture: Geoff Jones

AN Eastern Creek resident has called on motorists to slow down on Rooty Hill Road South.

Keith Darley estimated there have been at least 50 accidents this year along a stretch of road between the Great Western Highway and Cable Place.

The road is particularly busy during school drop-off and pick-up times, when children have no choice but to cross four lanes of traffic to catch a bus because there's no pedestrian crossing or traffic lights.

Two children have been hit by cars on busy roads in Oakhurst and Blacktown in recent weeks.

While Mr Darley is unaware of a child being hit by car on Rooty Hill Road South, he believes it's an accident waiting to happen.

The road is also notorious for street racing at night with a recent serious accident there.

"The road is dangerous at the best of times," Mr Darley said.

"There's at least one accident every week. It's as dangerous during the day as it is at night. My message to motorists is to be aware when they're in a school zone and take the responsibility to slow down and to advise their kids if they are on their L or P plates."

Mr Darley raised the matter with Councillor Stephen Bali, who has been told by council officers that it needs to be referred to Roads and Maritime Services.

Mount Druitt crime manager Detective Inspector David Goddard said the road was patrolled regularly.

Mr Darley hopes traffic lights will be installed at the corner of Cable Place if Planning Minister Pru Goward approves a 17-hectare business hub proposed by Western Sydney Parklands.

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