State MP raises Wanneroo Rd safety concerns hours before crash

Wanneroo Road in Nowergup.
Wanneroo Road in Nowergup.

A STATE politician raised concerns in Parliament about safety on Wanneroo Road at the Karoborup Road intersection just hours before there was a crash nearby.

A two-car crash was reported about 1.48pm today, with St John Ambulance taking three people to hospital with minor injuries.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton raised a grievance about 10am on April 11 to highlight long-standing concerns about the Nowergup intersection, citing fatalities, crashes and near misses that continue to occur there.

“There have been a number of near misses, accidents and fatalities at this site over the years,” Ms Winton said.

“It is a dangerous intersection, without dedicated lanes to allow for vehicles exiting Wanneroo Road to feel safe.

“I live locally and have had my own near misses of nearly being rear ended by cars behind me when I’ve attempted to turn into Karoborup Road.

“We need slip lanes or dedicated turning lanes to make this stretch of Wanneroo safe.”

The State Government recently announced that it would include upgrades to Wanneroo Road when it extends the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Road, with works expected to start next year.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti responded to the grievance by acknowledging Ms Winton’s advocacy at the planning stage of the freeway extension.

Ms Saffioti said that project would include building Romeo Road to connect Marmion Avenue to Wanneroo Road at the Karoborup Road intersection.

The minister said other work being done to improve safety on Wanneroo Road included widening the section in Carramar to Flynn Drive and building interchanges at Joondalup Drive and Ocean Reef Road.