Singleton crash sparks RMS call to councils

Local government urged to apply forfunding to tackle high-risk sections of their roads

September 11, 2012

The Singleton collision between a truck and a school bus has sparked a Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) call for New South Wales councils to apply for blackspot funding.

The tragedy, which claimed the life of a boy and injured other students and the bus driver, occurred at the intersection of Kelso and Church streets, which is reportedly dangerous.

RMS says Singleton Council had not submitted a proposal to RMS for blackspot funding for this location within the past five years.

"In 2010, RMS helped Singleton Council review potential blackspot projects it had identified on its local road network – this intersection was not included in the review," a spokesperson says

"The council adopted a plan to widen Kelso Street but this work has not yet been carried out by the council.

"There has been some discussion about the adequacy of the traffic signs at the intersection.

"All traffic signs on local roads are the responsibility of councils and RMS will continue to work with council to ensure they meet the national standards."

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