Lo­cal angst in­ter­sects

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE Pri­mary School stu­dent Hugo Gibbs (12) dodges con­tainer trucks daily near the Curtin Av­enue/Sal­vado Street in­ter­sec­tion and Mos­man Park rail­way sta­tion,

Par­ents have started a pe­ti­tion de­mand­ing a pedes­trian cross­ing at the site.

“I’m go­ing to Christ Church Gram­mar next year and I’ll need to take the train, so it would be a lot eas­ier and safer to cross if there was a cross­ing,” Hugo said.

For safety, par­ents cross the in­creas­ingly busy com­muter and heavy haulage route with their younger chil­dren in groups.

Pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Ruth Fioren­tini said a con­tainer truck that hit a car at the in­ter­sec­tion on Oc­to­ber 15 prompted the pe­ti­tion, which will be given to Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett.

How­ever, the sig­na­to­ries feel trapped be­tween a Main Roads WA and Cottes­loe Coun­cil ar­gu­ment about which was re­spon­si­ble for Curtin Av­enue.

Mrs Fioren­tini said the State Gov­ern­ment had to plan for more pedes­tri­ans and chil­dren cross­ing the av­enue and it could not blame in­ac­tion on some res­i­dents’ op­po­si­tion to chang­ing Curtin Av­enue more than 10 years ago.

A Main Roads spokesman said the sec­tion of Curtin Av­enue was con­trolled by the coun­cil, which could fund any new cross­ing, the fea­si­bil­ity of which Main Roads was “happy to dis­cuss”.

“Given the traf­fic sig­nals are ac­ti­vated by pedes­trian de­mand, it is un­likely they would have a sig­nif­i­cant ef­fect on through­traf­fic; how­ever this would be care­fully con­sid­ered as part of any pro­posal,” the spokesman said.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins said the in­ter­sec­tion was “dif­fi­cult” and the pe­ti­tion would be wel­comed.

Pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser Ruth Fioren­tini and other par­ents want a cross­ing for their chil­dren. The pe­ti­tion is at www.change.org.

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