Plea for speedy resolution

Most mornings Robert Street is packed with commuters attempting a shortcut to avoid the morning build-up of traffic at the corner of Gnangara and West Swan roads.

Residents say motorists tend to ignore the 70km/h speed limit down the narrow road, negotiating sharp bends and twists.

Amanda Box said the traffic along Park Street was ‘getting worse and worse’.

‘We moved out here for the peace and quiet 13 years ago and now the tranquillity has gone from the area,’ she said.

‘In Park Street you get hoons going up and down, going so fast. I don’t like driving there due to the undulation; you can’t see what’s coming. I noticed a sign saying another 2000 homes coming soon, so I am concerned Lord Street won’t be able to cope with the increased amount of traffic.’

In July, 2012, West Swan MLA Rita Saffioti submitted a petition to the City calling for a strategic plan for the Henley Brook road network to alleviate such traffic chaos.

The report, by traffic management consultants Opus, was submitted to the City of Swan last week, with officers stating the recommended projects ‘will be accommodated on a priority basis within the budget allocation for traffic safety each year’.

The Opus study showed more than 10,000 vehicles travel West Swan Road and Gnangara Road each day, with 15,000 vehicles per day each weekday on Lord Street south of Gnangara Road.

It suggests improving traffic flow and safety by reducing traffic speeds, improving street lighting and to improve pedestrian and cycle accessibility.

Other recommendations include a left-in/left-out only arrangement from and to Robert Street leading to and from Gnangara Road, along with an intersection black-spot study recommended for Gnangara Road/|Henley Brook Avenue.

Ms Saffioti said she was disappointed the recommendations to the City to improve road safety did not include specific funding or a timeframe for improvements.

‘I’m disappointed things aren’t happening quicker because residents want urgency on these matters,’ she said.

‘But I am glad funding will be considered as part of the 2014-15 budget.

‘This issue has dragged on a bit but at least we are getting things moving and everyone recognises that something needs to be done to improve safety on the roads.’