City of Canning working with High Rd Caltex owner to ease traffic congestion

City of Canning working with High Rd Caltex owner to ease traffic congestion

TRAFFIC congestion should soon ease around the High Road Caltex at the Leach Avenue intersection, which regularly blocks up with queuing cars seeking cheap fuel.

City of Canning wrote to the owner, occupier and property manager on November 20 asking them to address the problem.

Property manager Knight Frank responded, saying they would investigate the matter and report to council early in 2018.

Councillors Patrick Hall and Ben Kunze also took the matter to the December 19 council meeting where councillors voted unanimously to ask the chief executive Arthur Kyron to investigate potential solutions.

The City’s officers will report back to council by the March ordinary council meeting, providing traffic management solutions.

Cr Kunze told the Canning Times the ongoing traffic issues at the intersection of High Road and Leach Avenue existed for many years, and it was frequently congested on Monday during peak periods.

Crs Kunze and Hall said there were many residents in the local area concerned the issue remained, and would like to see a solution devised.

They said several years ago, significant public attention was given to the issue, and it is believed that the City of Canning engaged the owners of the petrol station.

“We understand that a few measures were designed to deal with this problem, including a proposal to reconfigure the Caltex site, as well as the construction of another Caltex Petrol Station on High Road (next to City Farmers on the southern side of High Road),” their motion read.

“The reconfigured design meant that cars would have been forced to drive around the back of the Caltex on the northern side and enter from the eastern side. The queue would have consequently swung around the back of the store, ensuring better use of the land and limiting the need to queue onto these roads.”

While the second Caltex was built, the reconfiguration of the first site was never realised.

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