Di­ver­sion to get se­cond trial run

CITY AIMS TO EASE CON­GES­TION

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS - Bryce Luff

A TRAF­FIC di­ver­sion trial aimed at eas­ing con­ges­tion on the east­ern side of Cock­burn Cen­tral will be given a se­cond run, de­spite a lack of sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses fol­low­ing its first go.

For two weeks in De­cem­ber, City of Cock­burn di­verted traf­fic leav­ing the train sta­tion carpark on Knock Place dur­ing af­ter­noon peak pe­ri­ods.

A tem­po­rary bar­rier was in­stalled to en­sure cars leav­ing Knock Place could only turn left on to Solomon Road.

The goal was to guide mo­torists through to the traf­fic lights at the Ar­madale Road and Verde Drive in­ter­sec­tion via Solomon Road.

On Thurs­day, coun­cil­lors voted to run the trial again from the start of March to the end of Oc­to­ber.

The City is also plan­ning to ad­dress feed­back from busi­ness own­ers and com­muters about im­prove­ments to nearby roads, in­clud­ing re-phas­ing the lights at Ar­madale and Tap­per Road.

The de­sign and cost es­ti­mates in­volved with com­plet­ing Verde Drive from the in­ter­sec­tion with Biscayne Way through to Solomon Road will also be com­pleted.

Lo­cal busi­ness own­ers were less than thrilled with the ex­per­i­ment’s first run.

Of the five busi­nesses that re­sponded to the post trial sur­vey, all said their travel time went up dur­ing the trial and they did not sup­port the di­ver­sion be­com­ing per­ma­nent in the fu­ture.

“All the di­ver­sion did was place ex­tra strain on the round­about in front of Of­fice­works and the traf­fic lights, which un­for­tu­nately can­not cope with the amount of traf­fic,” one busi­ness owner wrote.

Busi­ness re­spon­dents made up just 3 per cent of peo­ple of­fer­ing feed­back on the trial and gen­eral mo­torists were much more op­ti­mistic.

Of the 157 gen­eral com­muters, 76 per cent said it cut de­lays and 67 per cent sup­ported the di­ver­sion be­com­ing per­ma­nent.

A re­port to coun­cil­lors said the trial was suc­cess­ful at re­duc­ing de­lays for mo­torists ex­it­ing Knock Place but did cre­ate prob­lems else­where on the net­work.

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A map out­lin­ing the ini­tial di­ver­sion trial run in De­cem­ber.

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