Petition for traffic calming devices

Cyclists use this area.  Rutland Avenue in Lathlain, between the Vic Park train station and Great Eastern Highway.  The council has been studying the area to install traffic management since May.
Cyclists use this area. Rutland Avenue in Lathlain, between the Vic Park train station and Great Eastern Highway. The council has been studying the area to install traffic management since May.

A 105-signature petition was presented to the Town at its August council meeting.

The petition appealed for action to slow traffic on the narrow section between Victoria Park railway station and Great Eastern Highway in order to improve safety.

The petition added it was a popular cycling route and was busier due to construction traffic from the Red Castle development site.

Town of Victoria Park acting director Warren Bow said staff commissioned a traffic engineering consultancy in early May to complete a pilot local area traffic management study in anticipation of the Red Castle and Lathlain precinct developments.

‘Based on outcomes of the study, draft plans will be developed and community feedback sought for development of the final traffic management plan,’ Mr Bow said.

‘The study should be complete by November and will provide direction on what treatments may be considered for Rutland Avenue.’

He said that staff had liaised with Lathlain residents about potential road safety improvements along Rutland Avenue.

The Town’s intention was to install a principal shared path adjacent to the rail line, he said.

‘The Town has allocated municipal funds for the preliminary investigation of minor service adjustments.

‘These include finalising design plans for the principal shared path, approval from relevant stakeholders and seeking external funding.

A December 2011 application by the Town of Victoria Park to the Department of Infrastructure and Transport for federal funding to construct a 1.7km-length principal shared path along the railway line between Great Eastern Highway and Miller Street, including major road upgrades, proved unsuccessful.