EAST Metropolitan MLC Alyssa Hayden has announced a State Government-funded crosswalk will be constructed in the heart of Guildford.
With Guildford’s popularity growing day by day, Ms Hayden said a signalised pedestrian crossing on James Street was needed to create safety and comfort in the community.
Ms Hayden has been working with the Minister for Transport, after a number of local residents and business owners concerned about pedestrian and road safety within the area raised the issue.
“With the success of opening up the Guildford train station carpark to visitors on the weekends, it became apparent that pedestrians who arrived in Guildford by train or who parked at the train station carpark had no safe passage to cross busy James Street to access the Stephen Street end of Guildford’s town centre,” she said.
“This new pedestrian crossing will also assist the local community to access the train station without having to walk to the Guildford Hotel intersection of James and Johnson Street to access the retail strip and many cafes.”
Ms Hayden said she wrote to the Transport Minister in January requesting pedestrian activated traffic signals on James Street.
“After discussions with Midland (ward) councillor Daniel Parasiliti, I wrote again in August in support of the City of Swan’s request for the total construction cost of this project to be provided by the WA Government through Main Roads WA,” she said.
“Based on the current design plans, the cost to complete the installation would be about $150,000 which includes both electrical and civil components.
“I am pleased to advise the Sate Government has recognised the need for such a signalised pedestrian crossing and in the interests of road safety, has committed to fully fund the project.”
Main Roads will continue to liaise with the City of Swan to proceed with the project.