ROUNDABOUT NEEDED: There are renewed calls for a roundabout to be built at the busy intersection of Cherry and Tamar Sts in Ballina.
ROUNDABOUT NEEDED: There are renewed calls for a roundabout to be built at the busy intersection of Cherry and Tamar Sts in Ballina. Graham Broadhead

Tragedy waiting to occur at Ballina intersection

BALLINA'S Dot Goddard fears that one day someone will get seriously hurt in a motor vehicle accident at a busy Ballina CBD intersection.

A fortnight ago, the 70-year-old was T-boned at the intersection of Cherry and Tamar Sts, with the other driver not giving way.

She was travelling with her grandson at the time and, while no one was injured, she was shaken up by the incident.

She would like to see a roundabout at the intersection.

"If something's not done about that intersection, something really dreadful will happen there," she said.

Ms Goddard was travelling south along Cherry St at the time of her accident, having slowed down at the pedestrian crossing outside the Ballina Shire Council chambers.

The other driver was travelling east on Tamar St and didn't give way, smashing into her car on the driver's side.

"There was nothing I could do," she said.

Police and ambulance attended the scene, and Ms Goddard praised their professionalism.

She said some of the emergency service personnel at the time expressed their concern with the intersection.

It's been complained about before with the former owner of a nearby business saying several years ago that near-misses occurred regularly.

It's the only intersection in the main CBD block that doesn't have a roundabout, yet it is used by buses heading to the Tamar St interchange, cars heading to car parks in Tamar St and is a main road out of the CBD.

Ballina Shire Council's infrastructure planning manager, David Kelly, said a roundabout was proposed for the intersection and was included in council's Section 94 Roads Contribution Plan.



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