Not all school zones have lights

Bright news: Bennett Road Public School P&C treasurer Ursula Crow with her children Casey, 6, and Ricky, 9, and P&C president Michelle Lyons.Picture: Gary Warrick

Bright news: Bennett Road Public School P&C treasurer Ursula Crow with her children Casey, 6, and Ricky, 9, and P&C president Michelle Lyons.Picture: Gary Warrick

THE state government has much work to do to stand by its promise to have flashing lights at every school in NSW by the end of next year.

While ministers and MPs were patting themselves on the back after lights were installed at Shalvey Public School last week, many other schools are among the 1500 statewide still waiting.

The Star was inundated with comments when we posed the question.

"Bidwill Public School has them on Luxford Road yet the school entrance is on Bunya Road," Jodi Adrichem said.

Roads Minister Duncan Gay's office did not respond to a request for a list of which St Marys-Mount Druitt schools do and don't have flashing lights.

The good news is that schools without lights in the Blacktown LGA will be next to have them installed as part of start of phase two of the roll-out of school zone flashing lights.

Lights will be installed at Penrith LGA schools starting from November.

The government will spend $18.5 million installing flashing lights at more than 100 schools a month between now and December, 2015.

Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies was at Bennett Road Public School last week at the request of principal Matthew Plummer and the P &C to discuss flashing lights and other road safety concerns.

Parents were satisfied with Mrs Davies' response that flashing lights were coming.

"This is an extremely busy road and the cars fly through here," P&C treasurer Ursula Crow said.

President Michelle Lyons added: "The lights will make drivers slow down and be aware they're in a school zone."

Details: roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au.

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