‘Motorists think Swan St is personal racing track’: Yokine residents seek solution to traffic woes from Mt Lawley MLA

‘Motorists think Swan St is personal racing track’: Yokine residents seek solution to traffic woes from Mt Lawley MLA

YOKINE residents recently braved the winter weather to discuss speeding and rat runs around Swan Street with Mt Lawley MLA Simon Millman.

Locals met with Mr Millman because they say their streets are so busy during peak hour, and because many drivers are speeding, it is often impossible to reverse out of their driveways.

The most popular solution among residents was the installation an additional speed bump on Swan Street near the intersection with Wanneroo Road.

Yokine resident Tatiana Bol said motorists “seem to think that Swan Street is their own personal racing track”.

“There are many elderly people and young children in the area who walk to the shops and to school but crossing Swan Street is extremely dangerous because of speeding drivers,” she said.

Mr Millman is now investigating the possibility of installing traffic calming measures.

“I’m glad so many residents have added their voice to this important cause and shared their ideas about how to solve such a dangerous problem,” he said.

“I’ve received many phone calls and emails from residents about Swan Street and I think the City of Stirling needs to take a closer look at this issue.”

City of Stirling’s engineering design manager Paul Giamov confirmed the City had received several letters from Mr Millman and had completed traffic counter surveys on Swan Street between Wanneroo Road and Flinders Street in March this year, revealing that values were within accepted ranges.

“When compared with traffic survey data recorded at the same locations along Swan Street in 2014 and 2011, there is a clear trend of reducing volume and speeds on this section of road,” Mr Giamov said.

“Based on the current traffic flows, travel speeds, crash history, road geometry and other relevant factors, it has been determined that there is insufficient warrant to consider further traffic calming treatments at this stage.”

However, the City will deploy a Speed Alert Mobile on Swan Street.

“Devices of this type have proven to be effective in slowing motorists down by increasing driver awareness of their speed,” Mr Giamov said.

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