Applecross traffic trial road closure to stay

Applecross traffic trial road closure to stay

A ROAD closure on Macrae Road at the Gairloch Street intersection appears set to become permanent when the City of Melville makes a final decision on the Applecross trial traffic treatments next month.

The closures, which also included an elbow at the intersection of Munro Road and Gairloch Street, were installed late last year.

They were intended to combat ‘rat-running’, particularly during morning peak periods, which had contributed to 14 crashes on Macrae Road involving cyclists in five years.

The trial caused division in the community, with some residents in support and others feeling it simply moved the issue to surrounding roads.

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Melville council resolved to remove the Munro Road elbow in March and to conduct further traffic studies and community consultation with the new configuration.

A working group was formed, including the lead petitioners from both sides of the dispute, and after meeting three times between July and September, it has recommended the permanent closure of Macrae Road at Gairloch Street.

The group also proposed a speed plateau be installed at the intersection of Macrae Road and Gairloch Street to slow cars on Gairloch Street.