CBD to become a safe zone for pedestrians

QUEEN Street St Marys is on the road to becoming safer for shoppers.

The state government and Penrith Council will each contribute $250,000 to develop a high pedestrian activity area.

It will include a reduced speed limit of 40km/h, three new speed humps in East Lane, a new raised pedestrian crossing on Phillip Street and entry signage on each approach to the new zone.

Work has started on two raised pedestrian crossings in Queen Street as part of $200,000 of Nation Building blackspot federal funding announced earlier this year.

Out of 10 reported crashes in the St Marys CBD since 2007, five have been in Queen Street, according to state Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies.

"In my time as a councillor and an MP, I've received requests from quite a lot of concerned businesses here who have seen and heard near misses," she said.

"I'm excited about the physical changes to St Marys being introduced."

Mrs Davies' husband Mark, who's the new Penrith mayor, said the change was a win-win for St Marys. "It's great to sees a substantial amount of money being put into St Marys, which is getting busier and busier," she said.

"It's great to see council spending going back into St Marys to enhance community projects."

Mrs Davies said the pedestrian crossing near King Street was of most concern.

"I'm not sure whether it's density of trees, or drivers turning into Queen Street from the highway being unaware of the crossing," she said.

"This new project will visually remind drivers it's a high pedestrian area."

What do you think of the project? Comment at penrithstar.com.au.

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