UWA expert: Watermans Bay traffic management islands could cause trouble

Albert Koenig at the traffic island in Flora Terrace.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au   d443213
UWA expert: Watermans Bay traffic management islands could cause trouble
Albert Koenig at the traffic island in Flora Terrace. Picture: Andrew Ritchie        www.communitypix.com.au d443213

WATERMANS Bay resident Albert Koenig fears traffic management islands on Flora Terrace could cause more trouble than good.

The University of WA professor and engineering consultant believes a traffic-slowing island near a bus stop at the intersection of Ada Street could cause vehicles to back up and block the intersection.

“I believe traffic management measures that the City of Stirling is undertaking are seriously flawed due to the failure to include in the work the relocation of the bus stop outside the retirement centre,” Prof Koenig said.

He said every time a bus stopped to pick up or drop off passengers, cars would back up because there was no option to go around it.

“Moving the bus stop a few metres deals with all of that,” Prof Koenig said.

City of Stirling engineering design manager Paul Giamov said traffic backing up was unlikely.

“This section of Flora Terrace carries approximately 2700 vehicles per day along its length, including 270 vehicles during the peak hour, or four to five cars per minute, so any queuing would not be significant,” Mr Giamov said.

“Patronage data provided by the Public Transport Authority (PTA) indicates that this bus stop is utilised by an average of just 13 passengers per day (10 on and three off).

“As such, the frequency of buses actually stopping at this location is relatively low.”

Mr Giamov said moving the bus stop would be up to the PTA, but was not considered.

“The impact on queues and travel time is considered negligible and the City does not consider it an onerous requirement for motorists to exercise caution and patience during these relatively brief periods,” he said. “It should be noted that there are many locations in the City where traffic islands are located adjacent to bus stops and motorists are required to wait.”