Call to look at restricting parking after collisions on Old Bathurst Road

No parking: Cr Marcus Cornish standing on one of the driveways being obscured by parked cars on the southern side of Old Bathurst Road at Emu Heights.
No parking: Cr Marcus Cornish standing on one of the driveways being obscured by parked cars on the southern side of Old Bathurst Road at Emu Heights.

Parking on the southern side of Old Bathurst Road at Emu Heights is a hazard for motorists trying to get out of driveways and should be restricted, according to a local councillor.

Cr Marucs Cornish will call for a report from Penrith City Council on restricting parking on the southern side of the road following collisions in the area.

While the northern side of the road is mainly fenced, the southern side features an industrial area where many businesses have driveways opening to the road.

Cr Cornish said cars parking close to the driveways are blocking the line of vision for motorists trying to turn onto the road.

“The road is a main thoroughfare from the Blue Mountains. It’s one of two main roads, the other one being the M4,” Cr Cornish told the Gazette. “It’s over congested every day.

“I am always conscious of parking but people’s lives must come first, and this situation concerns line of vision.

“I will be asking for a report into options that will include reducing the area people can park on on the southern side of Old Bathurst Road,” he said.

“The worst-case scenario would be no stopping signs between Russell Street and Wedmore Road.”

A report would be brought back to the local traffic committee, then taken to council for ratification, he said.

“Local police have indicated that they would like to see the whole length as no stopping and I want to investigate all options,” Cr Cornish said.