City of Gosnells scraps Langford and Beckenham traffic light plans

City of Gosnells scraps Langford and Beckenham traffic light plans

CITY of Gosnells has scrapped plans to install traffic lights at two intersections in Langford and Beckenham after State Government policy changes.

The City received funding approval for planned traffic signals at the Nicholson Road and Langford Avenue intersection in Langford and the William Street and Sevenoaks Street in Beckenham.

However, the projects will not go ahead after State Government and Main Roads WA changes meant neither project was feasible.

Between January 2012 and December 2016, the William and Sevenoaks streets intersection experienced 62 crashes, including 11 which caused injury.

Over the same period, the Nicholson Road and Langford Avenue intersection experienced 15 crashes, six of which caused injury.

City of Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said it was disappointed, but had little choice but to scrap the projects.

“The funding awarded to these projects indicates they were worthwhile in terms of road safety, their benefits in addressing congestion, commercial viability and whole of life costs,” he said.

“However, the change in Main Roads WA policy and State Government plans to address the level crossing at William Street have affected the feasibility of these projects.”

The Langford project was to be funded under the State’s Black Spot Program, but has been affected by Main Roads WA’s new traffic signal approval policy.

A Main Roads WA spokeswoman said it did not believe traffic lights would help make the intersection safer, but were open to alternate suggestions from the City of Gosnells.

“The current traffic volumes on Langford Road do not warrant traffic signals and it has not been adequately demonstrated that there would be an improvement to network performance if signals were implemented,” she said.

“Therefore, Main Roads does not support signalisation of the intersection of Nicholson Road/Langford Road at this stage.”

Meanwhile, the Beckenham project, which involved lights to be installed either side of the existing railway crossing, has been rendered void by the State Government’s decision to remove numerous level crossings on the Armadale Rail line.

The Main Roads spokeswoman said the newly-installed signals would have been made redundant and the level crossing removal and the efficiency of the intersection would have been reduced.

Mr Cowie said he was confident the City would be able to recoup any costs occurred with the project.

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