Speed data shows need for urgent action on Slade Road, Bexley North, resident tells mayor

Speed calming measures along Slade Road, Bexley North should be an urgent priority for the traffic committee of the new Bayside Council, a concerned resident has told new Bayside mayor, Christina Curry.

Responding to Cr Curry's callout on Facebook asking residents what they thought should be a priority for the new council, resident George called for a review of speed humps along Slade Road.

He backed this up with a list of statistics and accident data along the road.

In March, 2018 a pedestrian died after being struck by a car on Slade Road near Irwin Crescent.

On September 23, 2021 a man was rescued from a vehicle after a collision with a ute between Irwin Crescent and Kingsland Road North, and on November 14 last year a car flipped on its side near Stotts Avenue.

Resident George, who did not want to use his last name, has been collating traffic incidents on Slade Road including crash statistics and speed tube counts.

Data collected between April 21 to 27, 2021 on Slade Road, near Irwin Crescent showed a large number of cars exceeding the 50km/h speed limit.

This showed 1,861 vehicles traveling at 60-70km/h, 186 travelling at 70-80km/h, 41 traveling at 80-90km/h and 20 travelling at 100km/h plus.

This data was compiled by CFE Information Technologies for Bayside Council.

"If there were police monitoring this location, the NSW Government would have received over $710,000 in fines, issued 6,652 worth of demerit points and suspended 20 licences in that one week alone," George said.

In 2015 the then Rockdale Council traffic committee was told that the RMS did not support the installation of a speed hump in Slade Road as it is a regional road.

"However, there are many Regional Roads in the Bayside LGA that have speed humps, such as Chuter Avenue outside the Ramsgate RSL, Ramsgate Road opposite Coles car park, and New Illawarra Road Bexley North outside the Metro Petrol station," George said.

George said Slade Road needs low profile speed humps similar to those installed in June last year at Shaw Street, Bexley North.

"Placing three of them starting at the Bexley North Hotel and between Sarsfield Circuit and Stotts Avenue would significantly bring speeds back to the signposted 50km/hr speed limit," George said.

"Having a single speed hump won't resolve the issue as standing at the intersection of Sarsfield Circuit and Slade Road, you can see cars speeding up as they come off Bexley Road and travel east along Slade Road. You also see cars increase in acceleration as they travel towards Bexley Road and try to make the green light," George said.

"With the recent accident history and the known speeding breaches residents are wondering when the Traffic Committee will revisit this stretch of road as a priority to implement some serious form of traffic calming."

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