The notorious Appin Road has claimed the life of another motoristfollowing a crash between a coal truck and a car on Wednesday, January 27.
The fatality occurred at about 4.30am and was the second serious crash in two months.
Local MPs andCampbelltown councillor Fred Borg, said the road needed urgent attention.
Cr Borg has continuallycampaigned for the road to be widened to two lanes each direction and hassaid he will not support any new developments along Appin Road until it is widened to two lanes each way.
‘’This makes it about 41 people dead since 1996 from my count,’’ he said.
‘’Appin Road isbig accident and it’s getting busier everyday.
‘’No more excuses, something has to be done.’’
Campbelltown MP Greg Warren (Labor) said political differencesneeded to be set aside to help stemthe increasing death toll on the road.
‘’It’s a tragic accident and yet again, we have lost one of our loved ones in the community,’’ he said.
‘’We need to get it right so we don’t lose anymore lives.’’
His Labor colleague Keira MP Ryan Park, whose electorate includes the southern end of the road, said anupgrade similar to Picton Road which included road widening and barriers that separated oncoming traffic, was needed.
Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell (Liberal) said the idea of separating the lanes was mentioned about 10 years ago and rejected due to community backlash about the amount of trees that would be destroyed.
However, he said maybe it was time to ‘’revisit’’ the idea.
‘’I’ve always said road separation would be a fantastic idea but unlike Picton Road, Appin Road backs onto property and lots of trees,’’ he said.
‘’But maybe we have to look at some of those bigger options.’’
Mr Rowell said he would campaign Roads Minister Duncan Gay to install safety barriers whereonly single lanes exist, in between the township of Appin and Bulli Tops.
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