Pain on Main Street

Pain on Main Street

Mr Mann believes the school’s luck will soon run out after frequent near misses and a recent low-speed hit on Main Street, which divides the school from Ellenbrook’s town centre.

He has called for speed humps to be introduced to slow traffic from 40km/h to 20km/h.

More than 800 cars per hour traverse Main Street in peak times ” about 8am and again at 3pm ” when hundreds of students are crossing the road to and from the school.

Many motorists claim that students have a disregard for road rules and simply expect cars to stop.

One concerned motorist said students sometimes stepped right in front of moving cars.

‘A car in front of me turning right was stopped in front of oncoming traffic because students decided to walk in a large group, with no respect for the car or basic road rules, across in front of the car,’ he said.

‘There was no hesitation on behalf of these students, which leads me to believe that it is a common occurrence and by the looks of disdain on their faces it appears they think they have the right to walk where and when they want to.’

Mr Mann said that given the volume of students crossing the street, the usual 40km/h school zone speed limit was too fast and a children’s crossing would not work.

‘The simple solution is to install enough traffic calming devices to ensure cars are going 20km/h or less when they are passing the school,’ he said.

‘The school council is keen to progress with this before a tragedy occurs.’

City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said a school crossing was a suitable solution.

‘There are already some traffic calming devices in place on Main Street and there is already an existing 40km/h school zone,’ he said.

‘For a crossing to be constructed, the school would need to apply to the Children’s Crossing and Road Safety Committee.’

If a crossing were approved, the City would be responsible for providing the appropriate infrastructure such as pram ramps, footpaths and no-parking signs.