Applecross: decision on trial road diversions delayed until end of year

Applecross: decision on trial road diversions delayed until end of year

A FINAL verdict on the future of the Applecross road closures has been delayed until October or November to allow Melville City staff to complete a thorough analysis of traffic data.

Designed to increase cyclist safety and combat rat running, the trial diversions on Macrae Road and Gairloch Street drew intense community interest when first installed late last year.

The City received petitions both for and against the closures and in March, one of the diversions, the elbow closure at the intersection of Gairloch and Munro Street, was removed.

At that time council resolved to defer a decision on the future of the diversions until its August or September meeting.

That has now been shifted to October or November after a unanimously approved motion from Deputy Mayor Cameron Schuster.

Presenting his motion, Cr Schuster said some of the traffic data had only just become available and that proper analysis of both the original and new configuration would take additional time.

He also said both petitioning parties had supported the new timeframe at an informal meeting.