King William Street and Guildford Road intersection has residents running for their lives

Bayswater councillor Dan Bull at the busy intersection, while Andrea Chivers and her children Brodie (4) and Lachie (20 months) and her mother Margaret cross at the intersection. Picture: Marie Nirme
Bayswater councillor Dan Bull at the busy intersection, while Andrea Chivers and her children Brodie (4) and Lachie (20 months) and her mother Margaret cross at the intersection. Picture: Marie Nirme

BAYSWATER residents are �running for their lives� at the King William Street and Guildford Road intersection and are calling on Main Roads to fix the issue.

They claim it is dangerous to cross Guildford Road because the pedestrian signal turns from green to flashing red in six seconds, which then allows traffic to turn from King William Street, resulting in many near misses for people crossing.

Bayswater resident Andrea Chivers regularly crosses the road with her children to walk to day care or Riverside Gardens and said despite following road rules motorists had abused her while crossing.

�I�ve watched so many people just run for their lives across the intersection� the cars start turning on top of you,� she said.

�There�s no way to reactivate the lights in the middle, so if you don�t get all the way across the first time you�re stuck there until someone else comes and activates the green man.�

Ms Chivers said she first wrote to Main Roads about the issue 18 months ago to request the �green man� be extended or to give turning drivers a red arrow.

�(Drivers) get two opportunities to turn, so to hold them on a red arrow for 10 seconds more, it would make it an awful lot safer for people crossing,� she said.

�I even just asked them to put one of those signs up that say �turning vehicles give way for pedestrians� but they said no, it would confuse people more.�

Bayswater City councillor Dan Bull said it was a �really dangerous intersection� and would consider starting a petition.

�Main Roads have showed they�re not interested in dealing with what is a serious and dangerous situation for pedestrians,� he said.

However, a Main Roads spokeswoman said they had reviewed the intersection and were satisfied pedestrian time settings were appropriate for the walking distance.

�The pedestrian movement across the north west side of King William is protected from turning vehicles,� she said.

�All other pedestrian movements require turning vehicles to give way to pedestrians.

�It is the responsibility of the WA Police to enforce the law that �turning vehicles must give way to pedestrians�.�

She said Main Roads would consider temporarily installing a sign to remind drivers of the law.

Bayswater Police Acting Senior Sergeant Warren Greaney said he was not aware of issues at the intersection.

�If residents are having an issue, please let us know,� he said.

�Motorists should be aware that residents have right of way – if detected, drivers will be prosecuted.�