Fears over Renou racetrack

Renou Street residents Gil Watson, Ivy Spencer and Kamal Madan say hoons regularly speed down the street and are an accident waiting to happen. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d405465
Renou Street residents Gil Watson, Ivy Spencer and Kamal Madan say hoons regularly speed down the street and are an accident waiting to happen. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d405465

Mr Watson said Renou Street had become a through road for commuters who flouted the 50km/h speed limit and he was worried that someone would be killed.

‘It is only a matter of time before there is a fatality on our street,’ he said.

‘It is a 50km/h zone but the average speed is 60km/h to 70km/h.

‘The only time they slow down is when it is peak hour between 7am and 8.30am.

‘I regularly get abused when I am turning into my driveway or trying to back out of the garage.

‘A speeding driver cleaned up the dividing fence between us and the neighbours at 4.30am and then ran off before the police came. Another few metres and it would have been in our bedroom.’

Mr Watson said it was a quiet street until the council changed the traffic flow on Railway Parade at Wharf Street.

‘When we moved here in 2005, it was a beautiful place but it has become a racetrack.

‘They put an island in, which diverted all the traffic down Renou.

‘They had to do something with Railway and Wharf because there was an accident there every second or third day. But I don’t think the residents on Renou Street should have to bear the brunt of that.

‘I have repeatedly asked the council to put in speed humps and 50km/h traffic signs, which would discourage most of the traffic.’

A spokesman said the City of Canning did not install speed humps on residential roads.

‘Speed humps generate excess noise when vehicles cross, which is not appropriate for residential areas,’ he said.

‘Emergency services authorities are also opposed to their construction due to the impact on response times and patient safety.

‘Main Roads WA will not install default 50km/h speed zone signs in built-up areas.

‘The City is currently working on significant projects to improve the traffic flow in the area. The projects include the upgrading of Sevenoaks Street to a dual carriageway and the extension of Gerard Street to Albany Highway.’

The City spokesman said the modifications at the Wharf Street/Railway Parade intersection were undertaken to reduce the risk of crashes and ensure the safe queuing of vehicles over the railway line.

‘The changes to the road have increased traffic volumes along Renou Street,’ he said.

‘To encourage vehicles to travel at 50km/h along Renou Street, a blister island was constructed on Renou Street halfway between Wharf Street and Gibbs Street.

‘A blister island slows vehicles by causing them to slow to complete a left turn quickly followed by a right turn.

‘The blister island complements the existing roundabout at Gibbs Street. The roundabout and blister island are designed to encourage lower speeds.’