City of Melville to consider pedestrian crossing improvements in Applecross


There have been calls to improve the pedestrian crossing on Riseley Street between Canning Highway and Kearns Crescent.
There have been calls to improve the pedestrian crossing on Riseley Street between Canning Highway and Kearns Crescent.

CITY of Melville is investigating pedestrian crossing improvements on a stretch of road on Riseley Street in Applecross following concerns of local business owners.

The Melville Times has been contacted by business owners around the section of the street between Canning Highway and Kearns Crescent, who raised concerns about the difficulty for pedestrians to cross the road.

Sinclairs Jewellers manager Derek Isaacson said there were lots of people speeding around the area.

“Cars are whizzing around the corner from Canning Highway or trying to get to the intersection while he light is green,” he said.

“My concern is that there are lots of elderly people or people with toddlers in the area and it’s dangerous.”

City of Melville chief executive Shayne Silcox said as part of recently completed road works, the existing pedestrian crossings between Canning Highway and Kearns Crescent were modified by opening a cut through the median island and installing tactile paving and grab rails.

“The City is currently investigating other pedestrian improvements such as the installation of a puffin crossing in Riseley Street between Canning Highway and Kearns Crescent which would require Main Roads WA (MRWA) approval following the conclusion of the investigations,” he said.

“In the meantime, the City will request pedestrian crossing warning signs be installed to raise driver awareness that pedestrians frequently cross in the area.”

Dr Silcox said the City supported a reduction of speed limit on Riseley Street between Kearns Crescent and Canning Highway.

“However, only the MRWA have the authority to approve the reduction of speed limits across the state,” he said.

“The City’s role is to provide the MRWA with the relevant traffic data and justification, such as in this case to reduce the speed limit from 60km/h to 40km/h,” he said.

De Lecq Le Montais For Hair owner Wendy De Lecq Le Montais said she believed it was a dangerous place to cross.

“I have to cross it a few times per week and it’s become even more dangerous since they put in a slip lane for people turning left onto Canning Highway,” she said.

A Main Roads spokeswoman said the organisation had not been approached yet to review the speed limit or investigate a pedestrian crossing on Riseley Street.

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