Urgent action needs to be taken to resolve the traffic gridlock at the intersection of Tillie Street, Wilkinson Avenue and Sandgate Road in Birmingham Gardens, according to the State Member for Wallsend, Ms Sonia Hornery MP.
Ms Hornery has sought information from Newcastle Council and the Roads and Maritime Service about plans to fix the traffic congestion that is choking parts of Birmingham Gardens.
Ms Hornery will be seeking information about plans for an upgrade following numerous complaints from residents and motorists who are regularly caught in the traffic gridlock.
“The intersection is currently home to the Birmingham Gardens Ambulance Station and numerous questions and complaints have been raised by paramedics who at times are unable to get out of the station due to traffic gridlock.
“I will be raising this matter with Council and the RMS to see if there are plans to resolve the traffic gridlock in the area.
“The increasing population in Maryland, Fletcher and Minmi, plus more and more traffic coming down the Hunter Valley Expressway, is causing a traffic nightmare in Wallsend and, particularly at this intersection.
“Add to that traffic, students leaving University and coming down Wilkinson Avenue and the intersection comes to a complete stand still.
“Thankfully, we have been able to secure a new site for the Ambulance Station and they will be moving once the new site is built, but there are days when our life saving paramedics cannot get out because of traffic congestion.
“The intersection was never designed to deal with the amount of traffic it is currently handling.
“Between Council and the RMS we need to come up with a practical solution that improves the flow of traffic during peak periods,” said the concerned MP.