Community calls on council and Main Roads to improve safety on major street

Farrington Road in Leeming.
Farrington Road in Leeming.

SAFETY on Farrington Road in Leeming could be improved after the community pushed for the City of Melville and Main Roads WA to take action.

A community meeting in late July recommended 17 actions, including reducing the speed limit from 60kmh to 50kmh, speed cushions at roundabouts on Calley Drive and Aulberry Parade, a traffic light at the Kwinana Freeway off-ramp onto the road and traffic pedestrian lights east and west of Findlay Road.

Leeming resident Con Abbott, who chaired the meeting, said the road faced issues as it was being used by school children, commuters, shoppers and cyclists.

“The community identified some positive and practical solutions to the issues and now it’s up to Main Roads and the City to make things happen, he said.

“I’m hoping our local member (Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai) will take up the challenge of advocacy on behalf of the residents.”

The City has the ability to take action on some of the items but Main Roads’ support is needed for some of the bigger changes.

The roundabout on the intersection of Farrington Road and Aulberry Parade.

City chief executive Marten Tieleman said it was proposing to install speed cushions and would gather evidence such as crash data from Main Roads, along with investigating the sight distance for vehicles approaching the Casserly Drive roundabout, to determine if a pedestrian crossing with traffic control signals was required.

He said the City would write to Main Roads when the speed cushions were in place about reducing the speed limit for Farrington Road east of the freeway. It will also seek traffic forecasts for 2021 and 2031 related to the Murdoch Drive Connection project and the modifying of turn arrows at the Karel Avenue intersection.

“The City is aware of residents’ safety concerns regarding crossing Farrington Road during busy peak periods and is planning to install traffic speed reduction measures such as speed cushions,” he said.

“We have already improved street lighting along Farrington Road to reduce night time crashes and are also assessing a range of other potential safety improvement measures identified at the July 22 meeting.”

Mr Mubarakai said he understood frustrations of Leeming residents whose local roads have turned into rat runs.

He said he would push the recommendations with the City and Main Roads.

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