Kwinana MLA Roger Cook has safety concerns over a section of Thomas Road in Casuarina

Roger Cook believes 80km/h should be the speed limit on the main truck route that is likely to become even busier over time.
Roger Cook believes 80km/h should be the speed limit on the main truck route that is likely to become even busier over time.

A SECTION of Thomas Road in Casuarina needs to be re-assessed before a fatality occurs, says Kwinana MLA Roger Cook.

Main Roads statistics showed there were 11 crashes from a four-year stretch starting in 2010 on Thomas Road, near Marri Park Drive.

There were no fatal crashes but three resulted in people going to hospital and six in property damage.

Mr Cook said the stretch of road was a main truck route and believed the 90km/h speed limit should be lowered to 80km/h.

He also thought the road probably required upgrad-ing because it was going to get busier.

‘Safety for the residents living here is paramount and something needs to be done before a fatality occurs.’

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said it considered the 90km/h speed limit appropriate for the road conditions.

‘Main Roads can reassess this section of road if there are local concerns for its operational safety,’ he said.

‘A future dual carriageway can be accommodated in the planned road reservation, however the details are subject to a planned review.’

Mr Cook said the section of Bertram Road, near Challenger Avenue, in Bertram was dangerous because of a lack of street lighting.

‘I have had some complaints from the community on the safety hazard on that stretch of road, and motorists have told me that they have had to put on beam lights so they can see,’ he said.

Kwinana Mayor Carol Adams said the City was aware of community concerns.

‘It currently doesn’t contain street lighting as the layout is likely to be upgraded to a dual carriageway with lighting when adjoining vacant land is developed in the future,’ she said.

‘Our technical staff have advised that the section of the road is deemed to have adequate sight lines, no adjoining intersections, crossovers or residential occupancy and no features within the roadway that would require illumination.’