Council wants to get rid of Gatton pedestrian crossing
The dangerous pedestrian crossing at the corner of Railway St and Cochrane St in Gatton is set to be replaced by traffic lights if Lockyer Valley Regional Council gets its way.
At its final meeting for 2014 Lockyer Valley Regional Council resolved to seek the removal of the crossing, which is on a State Government road.
The removal was recommended by the Lockyer Valley Traffic Safety Working Group which said it was a low usage crossing and regular drivers were not alert to the presence of pedestrians.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones said the intersection needed to go due to traffic and safety concerns.
"It is often almost impossible to turn on to Railway Street from Cochrane Street sometimes making it a very dangerous intersection," Cr Jones said.
"It would make much more sense to remove the pedestrian crossing and replace it with traffic lights."
Neighbours near the crossing said it was used by parents and children going to nearby schools.
"The crossing is needed, but it's hard to see if you are coming down the hill and perhaps they should move it a bit further down," one neighbour told the Gatton Star.
Lockyer Valley Council said it would write to the Department of Transport and Main Roads asking for the removal of the crossing and the installation of lights.