Warning sign worth $120,000 installed along The Driftway

PREPARE TO STOP: The RMS and Hawkesbury Council have installed a new warning sign for motorists along The Driftway near the intersection of Londonderry Road.

PREPARE TO STOP: The RMS and Hawkesbury Council have installed a new warning sign for motorists along The Driftway near the intersection of Londonderry Road.

Hawkesbury Council has recently installed a new warning sign on The Driftway approaching Londonderry Road, the same intersection where a man died after crashing into a bus on Friday, March 10.

The crash also injured a number of school children who were on the bus at the time, with the incident currently under police investigation.

Hawkesbury Council said the new ‘prepare to stop’ warning sign was activated the day before the fatal crash, after an RMS Blackspot funding application was approved.

“Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) undertook a Blackspot funding application for the intersection of The Driftway and Londonderry Road to install a vehicle/speed activated warning system,” Jeff Organ, Council’s Director Infrastructure Services, said.

“Upon securing funding approval of $120,000 for the project, RMS requested Council to facilitate the construction of this facility as it was within the footprint of a Council road.”

Mr Organ said the sign was solar powered and activates when people were driving over a certain speed

“The sign flashes when vehicle speeds of over 50km/h are detected. A rain sensor automatically reduces the activation threshold to 40 km/h in wet weather.”

A representative from the RMS confirmed that the application for funding the project was submitted in July 2015 and approved in May last year, for delivery this year.

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