On the road to ruin

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

RES­I­DENTS of The Vines say a once quiet road has be­come a busy rat run due to an in­crease in pop­u­la­tion in the re­gion and poorly de­signed roads.

An­thony Tom­lin­son be­lieves it will only be a mat­ter of time be­fore some­one is in­jured on Her­mitage Drive, with many driv­ers us­ing it as a main ac­cess road and driv­ing over the 50km/h speed limit.

He said in the past decade The Vines had gone from 1974 res­i­dents to 8107 res­i­dents and no changes had been made to im­prove ac­cess to ar­te­rial roads.

Mr Tom­lin­son said peo­ple from El­len­brook were also us­ing Her­mitage Drive to get to Great North­ern High­way.

“I moved to the Vines in 2007. At that time, Her­mitage Drive was a no through road and we bought there be­cause of the peace, tran­quil­lity and safety,” he said.

“Since this time, it would ap­pear that poor plan­ning has re­sulted in nu­mer­ous sub­urbs be­ing tacked on to The Vines with­out the ad­di­tion of any ar­te­rial roads to ser­vice th­ese sub­urbs, re­sult­ing in Her­mitage Drive be­com­ing a 50km/h rat run for ac­cess to all of th­ese north­ern­most sub­urbs.”

Mr Tom­lin­son said it was a safety is­sue and the City of Swan had to do some­thing to im­prove the prob­lem.

“Peo­ple drive down this road at crazy speed and at all hours of the day and night. We are con­cerned some­one will be hurt,” he said.

“The coun­cil is mak­ing de­ci­sions and ap­prov­ing de­vel­op­ments but not look­ing at the pres­sure on lo­cal roads and ex­ist­ing res­i­dents.”

Swan chief ex­ec­u­tive Mike Fo­ley said the City had re­ceived emails from res­i­dents con­cerned about the safety of the road.

“There are not cur­rently any plans to al­ter Her­mitage Drive,” he said.

“The cur­rent project to ex­tend Rail­way Pa­rade from Mar­alla Road over the Ellen Brook to Ap­ple Street will give mo­torists an al­ter­na­tive route out of El­len­brook (north) to head to the south, as op­posed to com­mut­ing through The Vines.

“The City is en­gag­ing an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant to as­sess road safety within The Vines, in­clud­ing Her­mitage Drive.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d481863

An­thony and Mar­garet Tom­lin­son, out­side their home on Her­mitage Drive in The Vines, are con­cerned about the amount of traf­fic now us­ing their road.

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