Federal budget funding to install roundabout at Riverwood intersection where Andrew Scipione crashed

Budget funding: David Coleman discusses the budget allocation with residents at the corner of Belmore Road and Clarendon Road, Peakhurst. Picture: John Veage

Budget funding: David Coleman discusses the budget allocation with residents at the corner of Belmore Road and Clarendon Road, Peakhurst. Picture: John Veage

A roundabout will be installed at a “black spot” at Peakhurst, where former police commissioner Andrew Scipione is among motorists who have had accidents.

Banks MP David Coleman said the federal budget provided $193,000 for a single lane roundabout at the intersection of Belmore Road and Clarendon Road.

In 2010, Mr Scipione was involved in two-car crash on a Saturday morning.

Mr Scipione’s wife and another motorist were taken to hospital for treatment of their injuries.

I have been trying for about 15 years to get something done. Finally, someone is listening. - Rodney Dunn

Resident Rodney Dunn said, “I have been trying for about 15 years to get something done. Finally, someone is listening”.

Mr Dunn said he gave Mr Coleman a document, produced by a senior officer at the Fire and Rescue NSW station at Riverwood, detailing accidents at the intersection over several years.

“They had to cut people out of cars on several occasions,” Mr Dunn said.

Another resident, Christine North, said she was very pleased at the funding announcement, although she was worried about the government’s ballooning debt.

“I don’t know where the money is coming from to pay for this,” she said.

Mrs North said the volume of traffic using the intersection had tripled over the last few years as a result of development in the area.

“During peak hour, it is so hard to get out of Clarendon Road, and especially to go over Belmore Road,” she said.

Mr Coleman said the funding would be provided to Georges River Council under the government’s Black Spot Program.

The council would work with the government on the timing of the work.

Mr Coleman said, in late 2015, he conducted a community survey, which indicated a high level of concern from residents in the area about safety at the intersection.

“For a long time, residents in Clarendon Road have been concerned about turning right on to Belmore Road,” he said.

“The combination of fast moving traffic and poor visibility has resulted in many accidents at this intersection over the years.”

Mr Coleman said the budget had also provided initial funding to build new on and off ramps for the M5 motorway at Riverwood.

The Coalition promised at the last election to contribute $15 million to this project, with the state government to provide an equal amount.

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