Residents oppose roundabout
CONCERNS IT WILL INSTEAD INCREASE RISK OF ACCIDENTS
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.