Inglewood: Long-awaited 40km/h trial approved on busy Beaufort Street strip

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker,  City of Stirling councillor Bianca Sandri and Rudy Perone (Inglewood on Beaufort committee). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d490500
Maylands MLA Lisa Baker, City of Stirling councillor Bianca Sandri and Rudy Perone (Inglewood on Beaufort committee). Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d490500

AFTER years of campaigning from locals, Inglewood has the tick of approval for a trial 40km/h zone on Beaufort Street.

New electronic speed signs would change during peak hour, similar to existing signage in Mt Lawley, and span Sixth Avenue to Eleventh Avenue.

But the project still needs to be funded, with the signage to cost an estimated $200,000.

Maylands MLA Lisa Baker met with Transport Minister Rita Saffioti’s office, Main Roads and the City of Stirling last year, with all coming to an agreement to carry out a trial along the strip.

“As the place activation has cranked up, it’s become really obvious it’s a dangerous place for pedestrians to cross,” she said.

“The City of Stirling is an immensely big area. They’ve invested a huge amount on the coastal side, and it’s satisfying to see attention turn to the periphery.”

Community group Inglewood on Beaufort (IOB) has been pushing for reduced speeds in the pedestrian hotspot since their inception.

“We firmly believe that reducing vehicle speeds makes for safer and more inviting places for people and ultimately benefits our businesses with more foot and bike traffic visiting their shops,” chair Damien Giudici said.

City of Stirling councillor Bianca Sandri said the council was seeking funding from state and federal governments for the signage to bolster their own contribution.

“The speed reduction would give more of a town centre feel,” she said.

The City is currently finalising preliminary designs for the sign locations, with the trial implementation to be considered in the 2019-20 budget.