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Richmond Rd right-turn banned

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In one of the first moves in its new strategy to improve traffic flow, the State Government has banned right-hand turns from Richmond Road into Anzac Highway, effective from tomorrow.

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The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure gave notice of the move this morning, which it says is “one of the first milestones of Operation Moving Traffic”.

The “Operation Moving Traffic” strategy was announced by Transport Minister Stephen Mullighan last year and is designed to find simple and cheap ways to improve the traffic system.

In a statement, the department said the right-hand turn ban was designed to improve traffic flow and safety at the intersection, particularly for pedestrians crossing the southern part of Anzac Highway.

“The benefits of banning this right turn movement will improve safety by reducing the risk of right turn vehicle and pedestrian crashes,” the department said.

“It will also allow for more efficient signal operation during the inter-peak and off peak periods as the green time previously allocated to the right turn can be reallocated to other movements at the intersection.”

The right turn lane on Richmond Road will be replaced with a raised concrete island.

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