Marangaroo man and City of Wanneroo in crash barrier wrangle


James Peters is calling for a crash barrier along the road near his house.
James Peters is calling for a crash barrier along the road near his house.

A MARANGAROO man has called for a crash barrier near his home but the City of Wanneroo says crash data does not warrant it.

James Peters said a car crashed into his shed on the corner of Marangaroo Drive and Mereworth Way minutes after he left it last May.

“I was saved – I had come in and had a coffee in the house,” he said.

“Then there was a car right where I was sitting in my shed.”

Mr Peters said he had approached the City last year to request the barrier and contacted the Times this month after another vehicle crashed into a sign on the Marangaroo Drive median strip.

“The way the road is bent, it’s a dangerous spot,” he said.

“People are missing the bend and coming up on to the kerb.

“It’s happening too often; they have got to do something to help, do something before somebody dies. We need a barrier or something.”

City assets director Harminder Singh said a nearby resident had lodged one inquiry about crash concerns at the site.

“There have been no fatal crashes and one reported hospitalisation crash occurred at this intersection in the past five years,” he said.

“The exact reason for crashes is not specified in the information provided by Main Roads WA.

“Following an enquiry from a resident, the City undertook an independent road safety audit to determine whether any further safety measures were required.

“The City evaluated the feasibility of installing a crash barrier at this location: crash history available from Main Roads WA informed us that there was only one vehicle run-off crash at this location in the past 15 years.

“With the site constrained due to other infrastructure such as a pedestrian crossing and underground services, it was determined that the barrier was not warranted.

“The City will continue to monitor the performance of the intersection.”

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