Safety fear at lack of paths

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

BUS route changes will pro­vide eas­ier ac­cess for some Yanchep Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents but those walk­ing may have to wait a cou­ple of years for the path net­work to con­nect.

Par­ent Karl Gib­son said it was “lu­di­crous” that the in­fra­struc­ture was not in place be­fore the school opened, high­light­ing the gap in the Marmion Av­enue path net­work be­tween Peony Boule­vard and Mor­well Street.

“There is no safe pedes­trian ac­cess or cross­ings for kids to get there,” he said.

Mr Gib­son said he con­tacted the school and City of Wan­neroo about ac­cess routes sev­eral months ago and re­ceived a let­ter in Jan­uary that the City would fin­ish the paths when it widened Marmion Av­enue be­tween 2018-19 and 2019-20.

The Yanchep res­i­dent said 2019 or 2020 “wasn’t good enough as the school is open now”.

Mr Gib­son said there also needed to be cross­ings on Yanchep Beach Road and Marmion Av­enue.

The City’s as­sets di­rec­tor Har­min­der Singh said the City had com­pleted a re­view to pri­ori­tise all path­ways within its bound­aries.

“As a re­sult, the City iden­ti­fied a num­ber of miss­ing path­way sec­tions around Yanchep Sec­ondary Col­lege, in­clud­ing along Marmion Av­enue,” he said. “The path­way sec­tions along

Marmion Av­enue and fund­ing for these projects will be con­sid­ered as part of the bud­get process.”

Mr Singh said the City had been work­ing with prin­ci­pals at the col­lege and Yanchep Beach Pri­mary School to ad­dress safety is­sues.

“(That) has re­sulted in the in­stal­la­tion of a cross­ing point on Lind­say Beach Boule­vard and an ap­pli­ca­tion for a cross­ing point on Yanchep Beach Road,” he said. “The process for the in­stal­la­tion of chil­dren’s cross­ing is lengthy and con­trolled by the Chil­dren’s Cross­ing and Road Safety Com­mit­tee.”

Prin­ci­pal James Kent said stu­dents com­ing from west of Marmion Av­enue should cross at the traf­fic sig­nals and there was a longer path pass­ing the shop­ping cen­tre.

“Stu­dents will prob­a­bly choose to go a bit cross coun­try to be more ef­fi­cient,” he said.

Pub­lic Trans­port Author­ity spokesman David Hynes said Transperth had a pol­icy to de­vi­ate ex­ist­ing ser­vices when pos­si­ble rather than pro­vide ded­i­cated school bus routes. Mr Hynes said changes to routes 490 and 491 to ser­vice the col­lege for morn­ing drop-offs and af­ter­noon pick-ups came into ef­fect on Jan­uary 28.

“Non-de­vi­at­ing routes 490 and 491 op­er­ate along Marmion Av­enue, within easy walk­ing dis­tance of Yanchep Sec­ondary Col­lege,” he said.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d478732

Karl Gib­son.

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