Planners fail on congestion
The longer I live in Albany the more perplexed I get as to where our guiding lights think they are taking us.
Recent changes to the CBD lead me to believe that our town planners must have failed.
The newest roundabout at the intersection of York Street and Serpentine Road, combined with the old one outside the town hall, together with the new centre parking arrangements, construction of the tourist bureau and frequent markets in the town square have added to absolute traffic chaos at certain times.
Motorists travelling north or south in York Street invariably encroach onto each of the above mentioned roundabouts, thus denying those motorists in the cross streets access to the roundabout.
The result is gridlock, a situation that roundabouts were supposed to address.
Much of the chaos is caused by the angle parking in the centre of York Street because motorists who are reversing out of the spaces are being given right of way by others who would like the space being vacated.
The frustration of trying to negotiate what used to be a relatively smooth traffic flow has caused many locals to avoid York Street at all costs. Perhaps this is what the planners wanted in the first place?
Why our planners also thought it would be a good idea to move the tourist bureau to York Street is also beyond me.
Most visitors to Albany actually arrive in cars or caravans and I would have thought that directing all of these vehicles to a tourist bureau out of the CBD (as presently happens) was a good thing. When the tourist bureau is finally opened will we have a procession of caravans and camper vans traipsing up York Street causing further chaos?
Sure we want a vibrant town square which is pedestrian friendly. Perhaps the planners should just ban all vehicles from that area of York Street and turn it into a pedestrian mall.
Another bone of contention with motorists is the absolute lunacy of the entry to Bunnings on Albany Highway. Now we are going to get a petrol station on one of the arcs of the roundabout to add to an already chaotic situation.
Unfortunately the solution does not need technology, just good old plain common sense. Do any of the town planners know what that is?