DRIVER safety concerns have been raised about a road safety barrier erected on Durham Street earlier this month.
Pedestrian fencing erected on Durham Street between William and George streets is designed to encourage pedestrians to cross at the lights rather than unsafe locations, but drivers turning into the Coles car park say it blocks their view.
Cr Warren Aubin, from Bathurst Regional Council's Traffic Committee, said he's received plenty of feedback on the fence, which was installed by the RMS.
"People are saying they can't see oncoming traffic," he said.
"I've been told since it was installed, two panels have been removed (to improve visibility) but it's still not great."
Cr Aubin said staff at the shopping centre say every second person who comes in complains they can't see when they are trying to turn into the car park.
"It's an RMS project.
"They're the ones who planned it, they're the ones who funded it. They put it up, it's their deign.
"I get it, I get they are trying to stop kids on their scooters running across from Maccas. I get that is a dangerous pastime, but it's also very dangerous having cars trying to pull across into the car park when there's semi trailers and other vehicles coming up the road which are blocked from view by the fence.
"The fence causes a vision block out, people have to stick their nose out into the other lane before they can see, and it's dangerous."
Cr Aubin said he thinks the situation could be resolved, but said it's going to cost the RMS money.
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He said he thinks realigning the fence further to the McDonald's side of the road on the island would help.
Cr Aubin said he was not opposed to the idea of the barrier.
"But the actual placement of the fence right in the middle of the island is quite distressing for drivers trying to turn right."
RMS NSW Director West Alistair Lunn said Transport for NSW's number one priority is safety.
"The pedestrian fencing is designed to encourage pedestrians to cross at the lights rather than unsafe locations," he said.
"To achieve the best balance of safety for motorists and pedestrians, Transport for NSW is carrying out investigations on the impacts to sight lines and visibility through the area and listening to feedback from the community."
Mr Lunn said Transport for NSW will continue to liaise with council and is scheduling work in coming days to adjust the fencing along the centre median.