Cottesloe council candidate wants road safety improvements and lowered speed limit for Marine Parade

South Ward candidate Shirley Primeau with part of a car light and Marine Parade resident Michelle Sandl say a 40km/h limit is needed on all along the beach route. Picture: Jon Bassett
South Ward candidate Shirley Primeau with part of a car light and Marine Parade resident Michelle Sandl say a 40km/h limit is needed on all along the beach route. Picture: Jon Bassett

COTTESLOE south ward candidate Shirley Primeau says a crash at a fatal intersection shows how road safety improvements and a lower speed limit are needed at the south end of coastal Marine Parade.

“(Council) won’t help because the south ward is always forgotten, and there’s no traffic calming in the south,” Ms Primeau said.

About 11.15am last Sunday, a vehicle heading west on Sydney Street collided with a silver Toyota Corolla heading south on Marine Parade where a motorcyclist was killed several years ago.

The death prompted Cottesloe council to remove parking bays either side of Sydney Street’s entrance to the parade, and conduct a traffic a volume survey of all the route, where the limit is 40km/h only on the 1km section near Cottesloe Beach

Ms Primeau said the crash again showed the need to reduce the speed limit to 40km/h on Marine Parade south of Pearse Street, which she said was the section not included in the council’s survey after the motorcycling death.

“This issue is this is a beach road, there are driver distractions from people crossing with surfboards, bathers, people with dogs, and people have to slow down,” she said.

Fellow south ward candidate Lorraine Young said candidates and councillors had to govern for all of Cottesloe, but there was an issue with traffic safety in the south end of the parade where she wanted a safe crossing for the elderly near the aged care Wearne Hostel.

Asked about traffic calming and a 40km/h limit, Ms Young said wider consultation with experts was needed for options.

Outgoing Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins also said traffic experts were needed to advise on any wider 40km/h restrictions on the town’s busier roads because safety was the council’s “paramount concern”.

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