Problem spots get trust funds

East Metropolitan Region MLC Donna Faragher at the Guildford Road/Tonkin Highway intersection with Transport Minister Dean Nalder.
East Metropolitan Region MLC Donna Faragher at the Guildford Road/Tonkin Highway intersection with Transport Minister Dean Nalder.

STATE Government investment in road safety includes improving four problem areas in the eastern suburbs in Bayswater, Caversham and Beechboro.

The four areas are part of the Road Trauma Trust Account (RTTA) $42 million investment in safety upgrades to 14 metropolitan intersections and 16 road run-off locations throughout regional WA.

Improvements will be made to the southbound on and off ramps at Guildford Road and Tonkin Highway in Bayswater and the extension of the westbound turning lane on Guildford Road.

At Guildford and Garratt roads in Bayswater, there will be an extension of the right-turn pocket on the west approach and left turn on to Guildford Road east, in Caversham an extension of right and left turn pockets on West Swan Road and the extension of left-turn pockets on Reid Highway west approach and West Swan north approach.

In Beechboro at Reid Highway and Beechboro Road North there will be an extension of right-turn pockets on Reid Highway and Beechboro Road approaches.

East Metropolitan Region MLC Donna Faragher said it was particularly pleasing to see the major upgrade at Guildford Road and Tonkin Highway in Bayswater had now commenced.

“This intersection is heavily utilised by local, freight and tourist traffic on a daily basis,” Mrs Faragher said.

“It is a well-known black spot with more than 175 crashes recorded at the intersection’s northbound and southbound on and off ramps between 2010 and 2014.

“This $3.6 million project involves widening Guildford Road at both the southbound and northbound ramps to improve traffic flow.