City play­ing it safe on speed Aaron Cor­lett

Melville Times - - News -

SOME streets in Ar­dross could have their speed limit re­duced to 30km/h af­ter the City of Melville voted to go ahead with a Safe Ac­tive Street pro­posal.

The pro­posed street would en­com­pass Links Road, a sec­tion of Col­lier Road, Milling­ton Street and Hope Road on to Wil­cock Street be­tween Gar­den City and the Rise­ley Cen­tre.

The coun­cil voted last week to ap­prove the pro­posal in prin­ci­ple and au­tho­rise the chief ex­ec­u­tive to sign off on a grant agree­ment be­tween the City and the Depart­ment of Trans­port.

The depart­ment is set to fully fund the project, which is ex­pected to cost up to $850,000.

Links Road Safe Ac­tive Street would have a speed limit of 30km/h, 4.5m-wide roads and oneway slow points at dif­fer­ent sec­tions to en­cour­age peo­ple to cy­cle.

Dr Sil­cox pre­vi­ously said the project started af­ter an ap­proach from the Depart­ment.

“It’s about try­ing to link up the cen­tres and get­ting peo­ple on the roads on their bi­cy­cles,” he said.

Coun­cil­lors asked at the June 5 brief­ing ses­sion about whether any pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion had been un­der­taken.

A coun­cil of­fi­cer said stake­holder en­gage­ment would be held in the 2018-19 fi­nan­cial year, along with the coun­cil en­dorse­ment of de­tailed de­signs.

Con­struc­tion would then take place in the 2019-20 fi­nan­cial year.

The project’s aims in­clude in­creas­ing safety for road users, in­creas­ing the num­ber of peo­ple cy­cling and re­duc­ing ve­hi­cle speeds.

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