Transport for NSW has listened to the community’s feedback about proposed safety improvements at the intersection of the Hume Highway and Conroy Street at Bookham.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said 18 submissions were received from the community during consultation, which closed on 3 July, which has informed the decision to redesign the safety upgrade.

“We have been investigating options that can balance the needs of the local community with those of visitors to the region who are unfamiliar with the intersection,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“There were concerns raised about the proposed closure of the centre median and new U-turn arrangement. As a result of feedback, the decision has been made to install traffic monitoring cameras at the intersection to monitor vehicle movements for a period of at least six months.

“We will monitor driver behaviour at the intersection for a minimum of six months and use this data, along with further community consultation, to consider longer-term solutions. The outcomes of this monitoring will then determine any future major infrastructure changes at the intersection.”

In the meantime, a series of minor safety improvements will be implemented in two stages.

“The first stage, to start in coming weeks will involve vegetation clearing along the Hume Highway to improve visibility on approach to and exit from Conroy Street, installing new advanced warning signage and improvements to road line marking and the centre median to improve visibility of the roundabout, particularly during low light conditions.

“Residents will be provided with more information about this work including any traffic changes before work starts”, Mrs Tuckerman said.

“Design and planning for construction of the second stage of work is currently under way. These infrastructure changes include extending the length of the southbound left turn lane, repositioning the safety barrier and widening the entrance to Conroy Street.”