Gosnells to test Barrett Street traffic volume and speed after several fines over holiday season


The City of Gosnells will hold a traffic and speed count on Barrett Street.
The City of Gosnells will hold a traffic and speed count on Barrett Street.

THE City of Gosnells will hold a traffic volume and speed count test over the coming months on Barrett Street after several people received fines over the Christmas and New Year period.

Drivers who regularly use the road believe the speed limit should be increased because there are no houses on either side of the road.

Southern River MLA Peter Abetz said he had 10 people contact him saying they received speeding fines from the area and thought the speed limit should be increased because there were no houses on the road.

He said there was a sign that reminded people to drive 50km/h in built-up areas.

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Southern River resident Mark Bavastock said he used the road regularly.

“The stretch of road doesn’t meet the built-up area requirements in my opinion,” he said.

“At night it is not a very pleasant stretch of road.”

Southern River resident Charles Gleeson said the signs were confusing.

City of Gosnells director of infrastructure Dave Harris said the speed limit in the built-up areas surrounding Barrett Street was 50km/h.

“However, given the street has no development on either side, a slightly higher speed may be appropriate on this stretch of road,” he said.

“The City has discussed the issue of appropriate speeds along Barrett Street between Lakey and Balfour Streets with Main Roads.

“The City will be conducting a traffic volume and speed count in the coming months, which will help to determine what speed is appropriate for the road conditions.”

According to Main Roads, Barrett Street has only 327m of residential housing.