Res­i­dents op­pose round­about

CON­CERNS IT WILL IN­STEAD IN­CREASE RISK OF AC­CI­DENTS

The Advocate (Perth) - - MISSING PERSONS WEEK - Lisa Thomas

BELHUS res­i­dents are op­pos­ing plans for a dual-lane round­about pro­posed for the cor­ner of West Swan Road and Mill­house Road, with fears it will in­crease road ac­ci­dents and af­fect the amenity of the Swan Val­ley.

Res­i­dents spoke at the City of Swan agenda brief­ing ses­sion last Wed­nes­day against the of­fi­cer’s rec­om­men­da­tion to ap­prove the pro­posal.

Norm Tran­dos said he was op­posed to the dual-lane round­about and was con­cerned it would only worsen traf­fic and the risk of ac­ci­dents.

“We agree that some­thing needs to be done, but I think traf­fic lights would be a bet­ter al­ter­na­tive,” he said. “The area is dan­ger­ous and we’ve had many cars go over the

em­bank­ment, and each morn­ing cars bank up from the in­ter­sec­tion of Great North­ern High­way, which I think would only worsen if there was a round­about,” he said.

“I think traf­fic lights would be safer and if they were syn­chro­nised with the lights at the in­ter­sec­tion of Great North­ern High­way then it would mean traf­fic would flow bet­ter.”

Main Roads WA has given the City $2.06 mil­lion fund­ing over the next three years to con­struct the dual-lane round­about.

An­drea Gales be­lieved a du­al­lane round­about would be ex­ces­sive for the area and neg­a­tively af­fect the Swan Val­ley.

“My con­cern is the Swan Val­ley Plan­ning Act and that the pro­posed con­struc­tion of a dual car­riage­way along West Swan Road will not be keep­ing with the Act and the road be­ing a tourist route,” she said.

“If West Swan Road be­comes a dual car­riage­way then what is to stop it from hap­pen­ing to Great North­ern High­way and tak­ing away from the value of the Swan Val­ley. It needs to be pre­served as a tourist route.”

Coun­cil­lors will vote on the pro­posal tonight.

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