Driven to despair by lights

Morning peak hour congestion at the Gnangara and Beechboro road intersection traffic lights.
Morning peak hour congestion at the Gnangara and Beechboro road intersection traffic lights.

The traffic lights became operational earlier this month and will be in place until the dual carriageway upgrade of Gnangara Road is complete.

However, a start date for the project is still unknown and in the meantime, drivers are already adding up to 20 minutes to their journey.

In one case, a driver claimed it took 40 minutes just to get from Drumpellier Drive to the lights at Gnangara and Beechboro roads during peak hour ” a 3.7km stretch of road where the speed limit is mostly 90km/h.

Traffic was also seen backed up as far as the Lord Street roundabout as the bottleneck to a single lane out of Ellenbrook was slowed waiting for the lights further up the road. Frustrations have not been restricted to the roads as drivers vent their anger on social media.

One man said the road was a nightmare for people living in the Ellenbrook area.

‘This is one of the main arteries for Perth drivers travelling west to east and reverse and it is only two lanes wide for most of the road, and is 90km/h and with houses on it,’ he said.

‘I can understand this type of congestion in the Perth CBD but we are 26.4km out of Perth, this sort of congestion should not be happening.’

A public meeting regarding issues of safety, congestion and delays to roadwork could be happening soon according to ‘Gnangara Road upgrades ” no more excuses or delays’ Facebook page administrator Rod Wahl.