Residents rage over road danger
RESIDENTS in Upper Swan are calling on the City of Swan to make changes to the local road network ahead of the opening of Ellen Brook Bridge this month.
The Upper Swan Residents and Ratepayers Association said they had spoken with the City regarding traffic and safety concerns.
Association secretary Ann Winchester said they asked for the partial closure of Railway Parade southbound from Apple Street to discourage traffic, and instead encourage people to enter and exit Upper Swan via Apple Street and Great Northern Highway.
“People already speed down Railway Parade and the bridge isn’t open yet, so I can only imagine it will get worse once it does,” she said. “We’re not against the bridge, we just want the City of Swan and Main Roads to look at the issues we’re facing.
“There are children who live on that street and we’re worried someone is going to get hurt.”
The $6.1 million Ellen Brook Bridge will link Upper Swan and Bullsbrook to Ellenbrook, increasing traffic through Upper Swan.
City of Swan chief executive Mike Foley said the City has been corresponding with members of the Upper Swan Residents and Ratepayers Association.
“The Association has requested closure of Railway Parade, southbound from Apple Street, to discourage through movement of traffic,” he said.
“The City advised that Railway Parade is designated as a local distributor road and its function is to provide a connection between local access streets and regional/primary distributors, therefore closure is not appropriate. Works planned for this financial year include the widening of Apple Street, between Railway Parade and Great Northern Highway, and the widening and upgrade of Railway Parade.”
Lynn Watt and residents fear for the safety of their roads.