Dangerous road crossing warning

Prega Manickum says he has already seen a few near misses at the crossing. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d417791
Prega Manickum says he has already seen a few near misses at the crossing. Picture: Marcelo Palacios www.communitypix.com.au d417791

A crossing guard is in place near the intersection of Nicholson and Dumbarton roads before and after school, and traffic lights are installed at Ranford Road and Nicholson Road intersection.

But Prega Manickum said pedestrians, especially students, were ‘making shortcuts’ to get to Livingston Marketplace shopping centre.

‘The crossing and traffic lights are too far away, there needs to be a pedestrian crossing somewhere in the middle and closer to the shopping centre,’ he said.

‘It is a very busy area with heavy traffic, including frequent buses.

‘It is inevitable accidents will happen. I have seen a few near misses already.’

City of Gosnells chief executive Ian Cowie said the City was working with CVC and the community to discuss initiatives.

‘The City is currently contacting residents around Malting Court for feedback on a proposal for a no-through road that provides pedestrian access to Nicholson Road,’ he said.

‘The community will also be able to use a pedestrian crossing near the intersection of Elgin and Nicholson roads.

‘Community feedback will be assessed mid-April before a decision is made.’

CVC principal Ron Bamford said safety concerns have ‘always been an issue’.

‘It is zoned 70km an hour and cannot be reduced to 50km/h because the road is not adjacent to the school,’ he said.

‘We are discussing with government agencies implementing a traffic island outside the school, which would funnel the students to Nicholson Road and close to a proposed pedestrian crossing.’

Canning Vale Police Sergeant Simon Underwood urged pedestrians to ‘walk and don’t run’ across Nicholson Road.