Traffic controls are not viable says City

The idea was officially pushed last month by west ward councillor Kevin Allen who requested the City provide a plan and steps that would enable either of the traffic calming measures to be installed at the give-way controlled T-junction.

In a report to council, a City officer said the average time for vehicles turning out of Amity Boulevard during morning peak times was 16 seconds and would increase if the intersection was controlled by traffic lights.

The officer also took into consideration that just five crashes were reported at the site in the five-year period to the end of 2013 (the most recent crash data available), a low benefit-cost ratio, and that the intersection does not satisfy a number of key Main Roads WA criteria for traffic signal approval.

�Based on (this) information, it is considered that the intersection is operating acceptably and does not warrant being upgraded to either a roundabout or traffic signals either at the moment, or in the foreseeable future,� the officer said.

Coogee Beach Progress Association assistant secretary Sandra Hemsworth argued otherwise, describing the traffic situation as �horrendous�.

�We have heavy traffic to and from the surrounding industry and, along with the school run, it makes it absolutely impossible to cross from Amity on to Cockburn Road, with cars being banked up along Amity and many drivers taking huge risks,� she said.

Ms Hemsworth said the area was particularly bad during the summer months, with extra visitors to the beach, kids racing to cross roads to catch buses and no safe places to cross Cockburn Road.

�Traffic lights at the junction of Amity and Cockburn Road would certainly help alleviate these problems, slowing the traffic right down, enabling traffic to flow more freely and giving a safe area to cross,� she said.