Call for avenue safety upgrade

�Despite the avenue serving as a major arterial road (it is a distinct distributor road in the regional road hierarchy) and a major freight route, Main Roads, on behalf of the State, are expecting the Town of Cottesloe, and the Town of Mosman Park to the south, to fund the solution required to address traffic generated from State roads and State transport tasks,� a staff report said.

At last week�s meeting, councillors agreed they and Mosman Park council would lobby the Government to upgrade the southern end of Curtin Avenue, including extending Wellington Street under the Fremantle railway line and closing the nearby Victoria Street level crossing.

They commissioned a four-month traffic study of beachside Marine Parade and its local roads connecting to Curtin Avenue after residents� complaints about greater road dangers following a motorcyclist being killed at the Sydney Street Marine Parade intersection, at the southern end of the town, late last year.

Safety at the nearby level crossing and cars doing �rat runs� to avoid congestion was later put in the spotlight by a truck hitting a train at the crossing on March 5.

While the traffic study found cars travelled about 10km/h below the 50km/h limit in narrow Sydney Street, the route was a �rat run� to avoid a dangerous right-hand turn at the level crossing and congestion north of the Marine Parade Curtin Avenue roundabout.

It was recommended to install a traffic island to prevent Sydney Street rat runs.

At North Street at the other end of the town, the study found the average 56km/h traffic speed was �a little high� but still �appropriate� and did not require more action.

However, the roads all had a �high incident� of cyclist accidents but the report also noted that fast-travelling cyclists overtook cars limited to 40kmh in some parts of Marine Parade.

Councillors agreed to reduce cycling and pedestrian incidents by updating the town�s Bike Plan, put pedestrian safety in the Foreshore Redevelopment Plan, review pedestrian crossings and potentially install more traffic calming measures.