Denny Av­enue ‘worst in WA’

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DRIV­ERS voted Kelmscott’s Denny Av­enue as the most dan­ger­ous road in WA in the RAC’s Riski­est Roads sur­vey.

The in­ter­sec­tions at Denny and Stre­ich av­enues and Denny and Rail­way av­enues were ranked sec­ond and third re­spec­tively as WA’s worst in­ter­sec­tions.

Denny Av­enue had a con­fus­ing road and in­ter­sec­tion lay­out, an in­ad­e­quate traf­fic light sys­tem and poor crossing or turn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, in­clud­ing for pedes­tri­ans, ac­cord­ing to driv­ers who com­pleted the sur­vey.

RAC cor­po­rate af­fairs gen­eral man­ager Will Golsby said the sur­vey re­ceived 6000 nom­i­na­tions from across metropoli­tan and re­gional WA.

“There are over 187,000 kilo­me­tres of road in WA and no one knows it bet­ter than the peo­ple who drive, ride, cy­cle or walk on it ev­ery day,” Mr Golsby said.

He said WA had gone from hav­ing one of the best to one of the worst fa­tal­ity rates and ar­gued for re­duc­ing what he called an “$845 mil­lion road main­te­nance back­log,” by 30 per cent over the next four years.

The RAC es­ti­mated road trauma costs WA $6.6 bil­lion a year.

Mr Golsby called for some of the $95 mil­lion stored in the Road Trauma Trust to be al­lo­cated to road safety projects.

Lib­eral can­di­date for Ar­madale Wendy Jef­fery said Denny Av­enue would be one of the first is­sues she would tackle with the State Gov­ern­ment if elected, de­spite her party hav­ing nine years to fix the prob­lem.

“(For­mer Ar­madale MLA) Alan­nah McTier­nan sub­mit­ted a plan to fix Denny Av­enue back in 2004 and noth­ing hap­pened, so there have been de­lays on both sides,” she said.

WA La­bor has promised Denny Av­enue will be the first rail crossing to un­dergo sep­a­ra­tion, start­ing in 2019, should it win gov­ern­ment.

It was part of a $257 mil­lion elec­tion prom­ise to fix WA’s worst level cross­ings.

Denny Av­enue in Kelmscott has been voted the most dan­ger­ous road in WA.

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