Red tape ties up black spot fix

Last year’s headline, which called for the upgrade of a notorious intersection after the death of a motorist.
Last year’s headline, which called for the upgrade of a notorious intersection after the death of a motorist.

There have been 33 crashes, including one fatality, at the intersection of Morrison and Farrall roads in the past five years.

State Parliament heard last week that the City of Swan and Shire of Mundaring, which are jointly responsible for the intersection, had missed a key deadline to have funding for the project included in the State Government’s 2013-14 Black Spot program.

But both councils denied the claim, saying it was always their intention to apply for funds in the 2014-15 Black Spot round.

In response to questions in the Parliament by Midland MP Michelle Roberts, a long-time advocate to install turning arrows and lanes at the intersection, Transport Minister Troy Buswell said there had been some confusion over whether the Government, the Shire or the City should progress the application for Black Spot funding.

He said the application ” sponsored jointly by the City and the Shire ” missed the deadline for 2013-14 round in May.

‘That is in the past but, clearly, if that application had been made a little earlier, it would have been considered as part of the 2013-14 funding round, and it was not,’ Mr Buswell told Parliament.

‘I will not beat about the bush. If they had accepted our advice that was provided to the member (Mrs Roberts) two years ago’