BP will not be required to install a 70m median strip along Reynolds Road north of Canning Highway, despite Main Roads WA refusing to support redevelopment of the Applecross service station without one.
In a formal submission to the City of Melville presented to the Joint Development Assessment Panel (JDAP), Main Roads WA said vehicles attempting to turn right into the new BP off Reynolds Road could potentially cause traffic to back up all the way to the Canning Highway intersection, adversely affecting traffic flow on the busy arterial route.
Regardless, the JDAP last month voted unanimously to approve minor modifications to the project, including the removal of the Canning Highway access point nearest the intersection, and construction is already under way.
In an email to City of Melville planning officers, Main Roads WA planning information officer Assunta Dinardo wrote that BP had repeatedly ignored requests to extend the median strip.
“Main Roads cannot support the site plan as presented as we have been involved in numerous discussions with the applicant’s rep and have advised them that the median on Reynolds Road needs to be extended past their access to prevent right in-turning movements on road safety grounds and to avoid conflicts with the McDonald’s site on the opposite side of Reynolds Road,” she wrote.
If installed, the 70m median strip would prevent vehicles travelling north along Reynolds Road from turning right into the redeveloped BP service station, which will include a drive-through Wild Bean Cafe.
Vehicles travelling south along Reynolds Road would also be prevented from turning right into the recently completed McDonald’s.