Gnangara residents’ small win in fight to reduce traffic on local roads

Local residents Greg Glazov, Faith Musca with her children Mailaryce (9) and Cheidan (7) and Nicola Emanuel.  Picture: Martin Kennealey   d453475
Local residents Greg Glazov, Faith Musca with her children Mailaryce (9) and Cheidan (7) and Nicola Emanuel. Picture: Martin Kennealey d453475

GNANGARA residents have had a small win in their fight to reduce traffic on local roads.

The City of Wanneroo will ask Main Roads to lower the speed limit on Moondyne Track, Golfview Place and Tuscan Way from the state default of 110km/h to suit the local environment, including a limit of 60km/h along Badgerup Road.

But resident Greg Glazov said he was concerned the changes might not be implemented.

“(The City) has made approaches to Main Roads in the past and this request has been refused,” he said.

“I’m still quite worried that it won’t happen.

“It’s only the beginning of the battle really.”

Traffic on Badgerup and surrounding roads was investigated by the City after a petition signed by 115 people was submitted to council on December 8.

The petition claimed that excessive vehicle traffic had decreased residents’ quality of life as a result of traffic noise, road safety issues and pollution.

A council report did not support installing traffic treatments but said officers would collect more traffic data after construction on Lenore Road was completed.

It recommended Main Roads hold a speed zone review in the area and WA Police provide speed enforcement.

However, Cr Domenic Zappa introduced a motion to lower the speed limits, which was supported unanimously at the April 26 meeting.

Mr Glazov said the rural area was peaceful before the extension of Ocean Reef Road.

“I could foresee this quiet area was going to be opened up to traffic and since then I’ve noticed an increase in traffic and noise,” he said.

“There’s traffic hurtling down there at 80 km/h at the moment.

“The noise is quite deafening.”

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said a speed limit assessment would be held once the City requested a formal review.

But he said a 2014 request from the City to reduce the limit on Badgerup Road to 70km/h included traffic data indicating an operating speed of 90.4km/h, which showed most vehicles were not complying with the posted limit of 80km/h.

“Experience in Australia and overseas has demonstrated that arbitrarily imposed speed limits which are too low are not respected and actual operating speeds remain at the same levels,” he said.

“This would also indicate that a reduced speed limit of 70km/h would see very little if any compliance without the aid of constant enforcement from the WA Police service.

“If in the future there were changes to the road environment of Badgerup Road, which resulted in a lowering of the operating speed on that road, Main Roads would be happy to reassess the posted speed limit at that time.”