Parents irate about school traffic gridlock

Parents have complained about traffic gridlock around a cluster of Butler schools.
Parents have complained about traffic gridlock around a cluster of Butler schools.

Irene McCormack Catholic College principal Paul Rafter said parents had complained within two weeks of the term starting, with some stuck in gridlocked traffic for half an hour during afternoon pick-ups.

Mr Rafter said congestion around the school was worst on Friday afternoons and had been worse this year since Butler College opened opposite, despite that school only having about 280 students.

Butler College principal Armando Giglia said his school had offset its bell times with those of its neighbours to alleviate congestion.

‘While it may be hectic for a short period each afternoon, at this stage, within 10 minutes of our final bell, we are finding that the streets are generally clear and none of our parents have raised the issue,’ he said.

‘As we are a local intake school, many students have the healthier option of walking or riding to school and we would certainly encourage them to do so.

‘Butler College is set to double in size next year and then again in 2015 ” this means more traffic flowing through the area.’

Mr Rafter said IMCC had applied a while ago for an exit driveway from the school grounds onto Lukin Drive.

‘Main Roads had knocked us back at the time ” it has proved disastrous,’ he said.

‘It’s the logical alternative, but of course it’s going to cost us huge dollars now.’

A Main Roads spokeswoman said the agency was not responsible for planning and access approval on Lukin Drive as it was not a primary regional road, and the City of Wanneroo should be consulted.

City of Wanneroo infrastructure director Dennis Blair said the City was aware of complaints about traffic congestion in the area and it would be investigating.