Roundabout upgrades in sight

The West Swan and Benara Road roundabout.
The West Swan and Benara Road roundabout.

The redevelopment was a condition of Sandalford’s move to expand its concert capacity from 12,000 to 16,000 in order to contend with Perth Arena for summer concerts.

While the final approval for the capacity increase is in WA Planning Commission’s hands, Sandalford chief executive Grant Brinklow said the process was ‘pretty much procedural’.

In the meantime, Sandalford Wines and the City are working on the design of the roundabout, which will be funded 50 per cent by each party.

Mr Brinklow said the primary changes would include two lanes off Benara Road, chicane redesign and reducing the islands to create more road space.

‘If you use the roundabout during peak times, you’ll know it already operates past capacity,’ he said.

‘It’s a win for local commuters, and while the upgrade will be helpful for the concerts, people will see the benefits for the other 355 days of the year that concerts aren’t on.’

This year the winery will have a secondary exit and entry point for vehicles from Harris Road, meaning half the concert goers will drive in from Reid Highway rather than West Swan Road.

‘We’re also encouraging more people to use the coach services we provide ” 6000 people came to our Margaret River event by coach,’ Mr Brinklow said.