THE “dangerous” intersection at Walter Road and Wellington Road in Morley will be improved within six to eight weeks, in a bid to increase pedestrian safety, according to Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson.
The State Government funded $1 million towards the upgrade of the intersection, which is located in the centre of Coventry Village, Galleria Shopping Centre and Morley Sport and Recreation Centre, as part of the 2017-18 State Budget.
City of Bayswater met with Main Roads WA, a policy advisor from the Transport Minister’s office, Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson, Maylands MLA Lisa Baker and Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman to discuss options on May 15.
Main Roads WA spokesman Dean Roberts said Main Roads was working with the City to determine the most appropriate treatment but funding allocation was still to be determined.
“There have been 40 accidents recorded at this intersection for the most recent reportable two year period,” he said.
“Once City of Bayswater determines the most appropriate treatment, preliminary designs will be undertaken in consultation with Main Roads.”
Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull said the intersection suffered from traffic congestion resulting in queuing and delays.
“Moves to immediately make the intersection safer and more pedestrian friendly are already in progress,” he said.
“The City is working with Main Roads on the creation of a crosswalk and erection of signage.
“This will result in the redesign of the intersection in a way that reduces traffic congestion and makes it safer and more pedestrian friendly.
“The City will consult with the community on any major upgrades to the intersection.”
Improvements welcomed by MLAs and Galleria
Ms Sanderson said the City had a responsibility to contribute funding to upgrade the dangerous intersection.
“Once we have got a final figure, we will then start to engage with Coventry and Galleria to see if they can contribute, what they can contribute or otherwise just bring them on board as the major stakeholders,” she said.
“(We want) to talk to local businesses about what they want to see there but the priority is, from my point of view, easing the congestion, whilst providing safer pedestrian access.
“They recognise it is less than ideal and that it puts people off coming into the area because they get stuck in a bottleneck on a Saturday morning or afternoon.”
Ms Baker welcomed the move which would improve the amenity of the area and make it safer for pedestrians.
Vicinity Centres WA and SA regional general manager Brad Osborne said Vicinity would continue to work with the State Government and City of Bayswater on all planning works.
“We are confident the planned improvements will see a reduction in traffic congestion and improvements to the everyday experience for our visitors and local community in Morley,” he said.
Coventry Village owners Strzelecki Group were contacted for comment.