Parents of Falcon PS students and Dawesville MLA call for safe crossing space on Old Coast Rd

Dawesville MLA Zac Kirkup on Old Coast Rd. Picture: Jon Hewson
Dawesville MLA Zac Kirkup on Old Coast Rd. Picture: Jon Hewson

STUDENTS at Falcon Primary School face danger every time they cross the busy Old Coast Road and their parents want something done about it.

At the very least, they need a crossing near Duke Street, and parents met with Dawesville MLA Zak Kirkup in an effort to find a solution.

P&C president Chazelle Booth said housing development and traffic had built up over the last 10 years.

She said an application for a crossing near Duke Street was lodged some years ago but had been rejected by the Police Department.

Ms Booth said it was a dangerous spot where traffic was travelling fast in an area that suddenly changed from 70kp/h to 90kp/h and students were forced to run across the road to safety.

Students from other schools in Mandurah who needed to cross the road at Duke Street were also affected.

“Its only about 20 seconds after the speed limit changes that drivers hit Duke Street,’’ she said.

Mr Kirkup said there were also a couple of other contentious spots on Old Coast Road, including the industrial area further north.

He hoped Main Roads WA might be able to work with the City of Mandurah on a solution.

“Crossing the road to Pleasant Grove is crazy in the 90kp/h zone,’’ he said.

“High school students also get off the bus there.

“A crosswalk with a stop press button might be a start.”

Mr Kirkup suggested lowering the speed limit might be an option as “drivers might not see a crosswalk when they are travelling at 90kp/h’’.

He said he would raise the issue with Transport Minister Rita Safiotti as soon as possible.

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