John Sprague calls for solution at Oxley Highway/Sherwood Road/Lake Road roundabout

Solution required: Horse trainer John Sprague is fed up with traffic problems at the Oxley Highway/Lake Road roundabout.
Solution required: Horse trainer John Sprague is fed up with traffic problems at the Oxley Highway/Lake Road roundabout.

A horse trainer has called for a solution at a Port Macquarie roundabout which becomes a traffic bottleneck during peak times.

It recently took John Sprague 15 to 20 minutes to enter the Oxley Highway/Lake Road roundabout from Sherwood Road while towing a horse float containing three race horses.

That was not an isolated instance.

Mr Sprague said the traffic congestion was worsening and a solution was needed at the busy roundabout.

"There has got to be something done in the near future," he said.

"There is going to be a disaster there shortly."

A spokesperson for Roads and Maritime Services said RMS was currently reviewing and investigating traffic movements on the Oxley Highway, particularly between the Lake Road to Wrights Road roundabouts, during peak times.

Cars queue in Sherwood Road approaching the roundabout.

Cars queue in Sherwood Road approaching the roundabout.

"As part of this investigation, Roads and Maritime recently installed temporary cameras at Lake Road to capture traffic volumes and movements which will help in better understanding driver behaviours," the spokesperson said.

The information will be used to develop short-term solutions to improve traffic management at the roundabout and assist in planning for longer term solutions.

"While a longer term plan is developed, Roads and Maritime will continue to monitor safety and traffic delays at this intersection," the spokesperson said.

Mr Sprague is pleased the RMS is looking at the issue as he says it is mayhem at the roundabout.

Oncoming motorists became inpatient, he said, and sight lines made entering the roundabout from Sherwood Road difficult.

"With the horses on, you have to take off steadily, otherwise you throw them off their feet," Mr Sprague said.

"I dread the moment of trying to get out of there with the horses because you don't know how long it will take."

Mr Sprague believes Port Macquarie-Hastings Council's proposed orbital road, which is the subject of community consultation, would be good but action is needed now to fix the problem at the roundabout.

The roundabout is the responsibility of the RMS.

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