Report rejects traffic petition

Maitland and Lorraine Briggs are local residents who are signing a petition to get traffic lights at the intersection, it is difficult to get onto Marmion Ave around school times and close of business
Maitland and Lorraine Briggs are local residents who are signing a petition to get traffic lights at the intersection, it is difficult to get onto Marmion Ave around school times and close of business

Wanneroo Council will consider a report tonight responding to a petition from RAAFA Merriwa estate residents.

Estate manager Linda Smith said residents were struggling to turn out of Hughie Edwards on to Marmion due to increasing traffic.

‘There are more communities being developed in the northern suburbs ” all this traffic is coming down Marmion Avenue,’ she said.

‘It is becoming dangerous.’

The report on the September 17 agenda said City’s administration had investigated traffic studies done on Marmion in May 2012 and Hughie Edwards last month.

The first study found 27,164 vehicles a day used Marmion Avenue, most travelling below 82km/h, and the second found 2159 vehicles used Hughie Edwards daily, most going 58km/h.

There were 14 crashes at the intersection from 2008- 2012, with medical attention required for one and the remaining 13 causing property damage.

‘Traffic signals are costly items generally reserved for major intersections where accident rates are high and where all alternatives have been exhausted,’ the report said.

‘Given the recent upgrade of the Marmion Ave/Hughie Edwards Drive intersection administration does not support the need for traffic signals.’

‘Signals cost about $300,000, residents not wanting to use the intersection, could use Baltimore Parade to access Hester Avenue, or Lukin Drive to go north on Marmion Avenue.