Signalling a safer crossing on Guildford Road

East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher, former City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Alvert and local residents Curtis (2) and Serge Pierre. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d444760
East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher, former City of Bayswater Mayor Sylvan Alvert and local residents Curtis (2) and Serge Pierre. Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d444760

A $340,000 project, including the installation of a puffin pedestrian crossing on Guildford Road in Bayswater, will improve safety for families and local residents.

Work on the light-signalled and sensor crossing started last week between Leake and Robert streets.

Then Mayor Sylvan Albert said the project had been a collaborative effort between community members, council and State Government.

“Our residents will soon be able to utilise this crossing, which has a built-in system to detect if pedestrians are taking longer to cross the road than expected and can automatically extend the time for them to cross before allowing traffic to go,” Mr Albert said.

Residents contacted council and submitted a petition raising concerns about the high traffic numbers on Guildford Road and lack of safe crossing points. East Metropolitan MLC Donna Faragher said the new crossing would improve safety for local residents who regularly cross Guildford Road and s tudents and their families who walk to St Columba’s and Bayswater Primary Schools.

“It will provide a much safer option particularly during the peak morning and afternoon periods when residents have to wait long periods to safely cross,” she said.

“They will be another strong reminder that motorists are approaching one of the schools and that they need to slow down.”

The City will conduct the civil engineering works, such as the installation of pram ramps, kerbing and footpaths, while Main Roads WA will be responsible for installing the crossing lights.

The project is expected to be completed by the end of November.