FACEBOOK is the weapon Singleton Council will use to push for a town bypass.
Launched at 6am this morning, the site will accumulate evidence of Singleton’s peak hour traffic crisis which will help council build a bypass case.
Residents are asked to supply photographic evidence to the site.
Video and still photographs can be put on the site. People can also write about their experiences.
Those without computer access can supply their images or stories to The Singleton Argus or the Visitor Information and Enterprise Centre and staff will do it for you.
“Over the past two years the traffic has slowly increased but the past six months the situation has become dire,” said council’s economic development officer Salena Avard.
Mayor Sue Moore said the bypass was the only practical, long term solution to Singleton’s traffic woes.
Cr Moore said she was hearing daily of the frustrations of drivers but she is more concerned about the safety issues.
“Council staff are arriving at work nervous wrecks just driving to work, there are stories of overtaking on the wrong side and tailgating,speeding, you name it,” she said.
She says mining expansions and the completion of the Hunter Expressway will only exacerbate the situation.
Roads and Maritime Services is currently spending $200,000 on a feasibility study to justify the need for a bypass around Singleton.
The aim of the facebook page is to compile a comprehensive picture of what roadusers and residents are experiencing every day.
Council is aiming for the input of at least 200 people by the end of July.
“I think that is conservative estimate given how many people are affected,” Ms Avard said.
The facebook page is BYPASS FOR SINGLETON