Safety fear at lack of paths
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.