Res­i­dents rage over road dan­ger

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

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.”

Pic­ture: Bruce Hunt d484613

Lynn Watt and res­i­dents fear for the safety of their roads.

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