Knoll requests Nuriootpa traffic study

In a win for “people power”, the State Government will work with The Barossa Council to develop a broader response to safety and traffic concerns on Gawler Street, Nuriootpa.

Member for Schubert Stephan Knoll said this was a good outcome which would take into consideration a number of factors affecting pedestrian safety and road users.

“After receiving considerable feedback on the proposed wombat crossing at Gawler Street, I (as Minister) have requested further work from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure,” Mr Knoll said.

“DPTI will work with The Barossa Council to undertake a traffic study and develop a preferred option to improve safety for pedestrians to cross Gawler Street in conjunction with balancing the requirements of all other road users.

“This will allow us to achieve a better balance between pedestrian safety and growing community traffic needs.”

Nuriootpa is the state’s fourth fastest growing area, and a traffic study to investigate broader solutions has been on Mr Knoll’s agenda for some time.

In 2017, he wrote to the previous Minister for Transport requesting a study into traffic management and pedestrian flows, but it was rejected.

Mr Knoll said new retail development, increased freight traffic and new residential development were all contributors to increased traffic flows through Nuriootpa.

“I am hopeful we will be able to develop a plan which adequately addresses the requirements of pedestrians and road users alike,” he said.

“I would like to thank all members of the community who took the time to provide feedback during the consultation process and demonstrated the desire for a more considered and well-rounded solution to these issues.”