Crash concerns prompt call for black spot funding

Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association president Alex Figg and secretary Lorraine Jackson.
Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association president Alex Figg and secretary Lorraine Jackson.

RESIDENTS are continuing to lobby for upgrades to a road where seven people have died in crashes in the past six years.

Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association has repeatedly raised concerns about safety on Two Rocks Road at its meetings and through correspondence with the City of Wanneroo and Main Roads.

The undulating, unlit road links the two suburbs and there have been several fatal and serious crashes along it since September 2015.

A tribute to Clayton Pendlebury, who died in a crash in March 2019.

As well as concerns about the lack of lighting, residents raised concerns about the configuration of a roundabout recently installed at the former Club Capricorn resort entry, where a crash fatal crash occurred in March.

President Alex Figg said the association was urging the City to submit a black spot funding application.

“In the best world have the whole thing flattened to an extent so there aren’t peaks and troughs,” he said.

Secretary Lorraine Jackson said drivers also needed to be aware of the road environment and upgrading the road sooner rather than later would improve safety.

“I know it’s something that’s going to happen in the future but they need to keep the community safe now,” she said.

At the association’s August 26 meeting, Mr Figg said he had calculated whether the number of crashes on the 5km stretch would qualify it for black spot funding.

The Yanchep resident said while his figures, based on news reports, indicated it could qualify for both federal and state funding.

Mr Figg, who works for Butler MLA John Quigley, said the number of crashes at the intersection since the upgrade would probably not qualify for funding on its own, however the number of crashes between Club Capricorn and Marcon Street would.

Mains Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said the road was under care and control of the City of Wanneroo, so it would need to initiate potential upgrades.

A tribute to Shane Farr, who died in a crash in September 2015.

“For the five-year period up until end of 2018 there has been a total of 16 reported crashes, of which four were fatal crashes and two crashes resulted in hospitalisation,” he said.

The City’s assets director Harminder Singh said there was another fatal crash in 2019 as well as four fatal crashes between 2014 and 2018.

Mr Singh said the City received crash location reports from Main Roads, which identified speeding, alcohol and illegal overtaking as contributing factors in those crashes.

“Although none of the crash location reports indicated infrastructure deficiencies that directly contributed to the crashes, they did include recommendations to improve safety,” he said.

“The City has worked with MRWA to install guide posts and raised retro-reflective pavement markers (‘cat’s eyes’) and to update pavement markings at overtaking opportunities to ensure that they meet current standards.”

Mr Roberts said recent changes included extending the 60km/h speed limit zone in 2017 and the roundabout.

“Developers have installed a roundabout at Templetonia Boulevard – this is currently under review due to geometry issue,” he said.

“Yellow raised reflective pavement markers have been installed on the centre line from the roundabout on Templetonia Blvd to Yanchep, for delineation purposes to improve safety.

“Warning signs have been installed on the approach to Templetonia Blvd roundabout.”

A tribute to Diana Garcia, who died in a crash in March 2016.

Mr Roberts said the City had requested rumble strips for the approach to the 60km/h zone, which were installed this month.

Mr Singh said black spot funding was awarded to projects with the best benefit cost ratios, and each year the City assessed locations for treatments that provided the greatest overall benefit to the community.

“The City is currently working with (Main Roads) and the developer to improve line marking and geometry at the Two Rocks Road-Templetonia Boulevard roundabout,” he said.

“A minority of motorists in the community put everybody at risk by failing to follow the road rules.

“The City urges all motorists to drive safely and to report driver behaviour to WA Police.”

Wanneroo Council approved the latest round of black spot funding applications in July for 2020-21 grants, which will be announced next May.

The next round will open in mid-2020, so it would be unlikely that Two Rocks Road would be upgraded before 2021-22.