Roads and Maritime wants feedback on traffic light plan for intersection of Cessnock Road and Orange Street, Abermain

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to install traffic lights at a busy Abermain intersection after a horror run of accidents on the suburb’s main road.

The roads body is seeking feedback on its plan to introduce traffic lights at the intersection of Cessnock Road and Orange Street, which runs into Frame Drive.

There were 26 crashes on Cessnock Road between Neath Road and Elizabeth Street in the five years to December 2017, including 21 injury crashes and three involving pedestrians.

Hunter Parliamentary Secretary Scot MacDonald said the proposed improvements would address the problematic stretch of road.

“The proposed traffic lights would improve efficiency and safety, especially for motorists turning right out of Orange Street onto Cessnock Road and for pedestrians crossing Cessnock Road,” he said.

The NSW Government is investing $500,000 this financial year for early planning for the proposal.

The improvements would involve pedestrian crossings at the traffic lights and road widening on the southern side of Cessnock Road to provide a westbound through lane and right turn lane into Orange Street.

Road widening is also proposed at the Charles Street intersection to extend the left turning lane onto Cessnock Road, along with the provision of left and right turn lanes into Charles Street.

The proposal would require the removal of 14 parking spaces on the southern side of Cessnock Road near Orange Street to allow space for the turning lane.

To provide feedback, email paul.galvin@rms.nsw.gov.au or write to Paul Galvin, RMS, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300 by March 1.