Rockingham resident Les Howard believes the intersection between Rockingham and Kwinana is dangerous

Rockingham resident Les Howard believes the intersection between Rockingham and Kwinana is dangerous

Les Howard at the intersection in question.

That intersection is where Gilmore Avenue, Dixon Road and the relatively new Kulija Road all intersect.

Mr Howard said the Gilmore Avenue approach was the most troublesome, with the dual carriageway suddenly becoming a single lane.

Road users were forced to squeeze into the single lane as they realised they were on a right turning-only lane.

Impatient drivers or those unfamiliar with the layout were using the level crossing to avoid getting stuck in the long single lane of traffic.

Mr Howard said he had seen many instances of frustrated drivers.

“You see it all the time, cars driving up and pulling in front of others at the railway,” he said.

“The frustration is escalating. It’s only a matter of time before there is a serious road rage incident or accident.”

The City of Rockingham is responsible for the intersection, but as it borders Kwinana, Mayor Carol Adams concedes it isn’t free of issues.

“It is located within the City of Rockingham. There is some complexity to the problem, as all the land west of the railway line is in the City of Rockingham and the rail crossing itself is owned by Brookfield Rail,” she said.

But it wasn’t always a right- only lane.

“It was modified by the City of Rockingham in 2014 from two lanes to one,’ she said.

“We do receive complaints from residents about the intersection.

“The City of Rockingham generally help us with these complaints.”

Mayor Barry Sammels deemed part of the intersection a success.

“Following the success of Kulija Road, further improvements have been brought forward and planned to start very early next year, subject to funds being allocated in the coming budgets of both the City of Rockingham and the City of Kwinana,” he said.

He said traffic volumes had caught them off guard.

“Traffic on Kulija Road is far greater than envisaged,” he said.

“Yes, we have received complaints about the intersection.

“The right-turn lane from Dixon Road into Kulija Road needs to be extended to two lanes to accommodate the high volume of traffic waiting to turn, particularly during peak hours,” he said

“At the same time, we propose changing the Gilmore Avenue approach into two lanes going straight through.”

Mayor Adams agreed the intersection wasn’t adequate.

“We are aware of the traffic issues and need for an additional lane at the intersection,” she said

She said a mutual solution was underway with the City of Rockingham, Brookfield Rail and Main Roads WA.

“We hope to see this issue resolved as soon as possible,” she said. “The City supports the change and plans to include funds in its budget towards the works.”