Battle for traffic signals to continue

At the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association (TRYRA) meeting on July 22, secretary Lorraine Jackson said she had received a letter from City of Wanneroo infrastructure director Dennis Blair responding to a letter from TRYRA about safety concerns at the intersection of Marmion Avenue, Lagoon Drive and Peony Boulevard.

‘(He said) a signalised intersection would be better and more formally control traffic movements (but) that does not mean the current intersection is unsafe or not appropriately designed,’ she said.

‘(He said) it should not present a problem to drivers and pedestrians that obey the road rules.’

Mrs Jackson said his letter indicated the intersection would continue to function in its current state and only be upgraded to include traffic signals once the population grew sufficiently.

TRYRA president Peter Wimsett said the association should continue to lobby the City, based on information from Main Roads WA that they would consider the signals once Wanneroo had made an assessment and applied to install them.

Later at the meeting, Butler MLA John Quigley said residents who opposed a current development application for a McDonald’s drive-through restaurant on the corner of Peony Boulevard and Marmion Avenue would be unlikely to prevent it on health grounds.

However, Mr Quigley said they did have leverage with the traffic signals.

‘They (the North-West Metropolitan Development Assessment Panel) should not approve McDonald’s without a signalised intersection,’ he told TRYRA members.

Member Sue Dash reiterated her call for the school zone around Yanchep District High School to extend onto Marmion Avenue.

The City, at the request of Yanchep Police, placed a speed- measuring sign on Marmion Avenue last week to tell drivers whether they were exceeding the speed limit.