Dangerous intersection plea

Kerry Hughes says the intersection at Abernethy Road and Fulham Street is dangerous.
Kerry Hughes says the intersection at Abernethy Road and Fulham Street is dangerous.

Mr Hughes owns a unit 100m from the intersection and said minor accidents occurred there on a weekly basis.

During his five years’ living at the unit, which is now leased, a car went through his fence.

‘I think it has a lot to do with the light cycles,’ he said.

‘Outside of peak hour, the lights at Abernethy are left on for longer and in Fulham Street, people get frustrated. The Chicken Treat there is also vacant and there’s a lot of drinking and drugs in that area.’

A Main Roads spokesman said both Abernethy Road and Fulham Street were local roads under the care and control of the City of Belmont.

‘Council is responsible for the safe operation of this intersection,’ he said.

In the five-year period to December 2013, 46 crashes were recorded at the intersection. Of these, 24 crashes were rear end type crashes, 13 were at right angles, and five were side-swipes.

‘Council is responsible for investigating and making recommendations (if any) to reduce crashes at this location,’ the spokesman said.

However, he said Main Roads could review the operation of traffic signals and adjust the timing.

The spokesman said Main Roads conducted investigations of locations where fatal crashes occurred to establish whether the road environment may have been a contributing factor.

The traffic signals have been recently modified with the installation of walk/don’t walk lanterns and audible push buttons, to improve safety for pedestrians at this intersection.

The City of Belmont was contacted for comment but did not respond before deadline.