Road dangers highlighted

Some of the crowd that turned up. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d399716
Some of the crowd that turned up. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d399716

More than 50 men, women, children and even a few pets turned out for a photo with the Gazette last Wednesday and to discuss what they see as an accident waiting to happen.

Coogee Beach Progress Association president Glen Diggins said residents held a number of concerns, citing the 70km/h speed limit so close to the popular beach, a number of dangerous entry and exit points, a lack of safe crossing points for people on foot and the fact the road is a single lane, as the cause of most problems.

‘Anyone who lives in Coogee or anyone who has used the road knows there are near misses every day,’ he said. ‘Someone is going to get cleaned up. It’s a real danger. We want to put measures in place before something bad happens.’

Mr Diggins believes the area could be improved with more turning lanes, more paths and a reduction in the speed limit to 50km/h for that stretch of road.

‘The bottleneck that is created when cars come over the hill and the road merges into one lane means people race each other so they’re not behind anyone,’ he said. ‘With cars jostling for front position, it makes turning left into Amity Boulevard and Mayor Road a dangerous proposition, because people are so close to each other.’

Cockburn Council’s engineering director Michael Littleton said the City was working with Main Roads to find a solution, saying a meeting between all three parties would be held soon.

A spokesperson for Main Roads (MR) said they had not received any correspondence or complaints regarding Cockburn Road, although a recent MR site investigation revealed no significant difficulties or delays for vehicles exiting Mayor Road at Cockburn Road.

‘In the past five-year period, a total of seven crashes were reported at the intersection,’ they said. ‘Main Roads does not support the request for the installation of a designated left turning lane on Cockburn Road into Mayor Road.’