Local angst over Cottesloe intersection

Petition organiser Ruth Fiorentini and other parents want a crossing for their children. The petition is at www.change.org.
Local angst over Cottesloe intersection
Petition organiser Ruth Fiorentini and other parents want a crossing for their children. The petition is at www.change.org.

COTTESLOE Primary School student Hugo Gibbs (12) dodges container trucks daily near the Curtin Avenue/Salvado Street intersection and Mosman Park railway station.

Parents have started a petition demanding a pedestrian crossing at the site.

“I’m going to Christ Church Grammar next year and I’ll need to take the train, so it would be a lot easier and safer to cross if there was a crossing,” Hugo said.

For safety, parents cross the increasingly busy commuter and heavy haulage route with their younger children in groups.

Petition organiser Ruth Fiorentini said a container truck that hit a car at the intersection on October 15 prompted the petition, which will be given to Cottesloe MLA Colin Barnett.

However, the signatories feel trapped between a Main Roads WA and Cottesloe Council argument about which was responsible for Curtin Avenue.

Mrs Fiorentini said the State Government had to plan for more pedestrians and children crossing the avenue and it could not blame inaction on some residents’ opposition to changing Curtin Avenue more than 10 years ago.

A Main Roads spokesman said the section of Curtin Avenue was controlled by the council, which could fund any new crossing, the feasibility of which Main Roads was “happy to discuss”.

“Given the traffic signals are activated by pedestrian demand, it is unlikely they would have a significant effect on through-traffic; however this would be carefully considered as part of any proposal,” the spokesman said.

Cottesloe Mayor Jo Dawkins said the intersection was “difficult” and the petition would be welcomed.