Locals driven to edge
ILLEGAL driving, a peakhour rat-run and dumping ground for litter; this is the nightmarish reality facing fed-up residents who live off Lauderdale Drive in Success.
It has been two years since an investigation found a bus-only laneway linking the residential street to Aubin Grove Train Station was being used almost exclusively by cars rather than the buses it was designed for.
Those whose houses back on to Lauderdale Drive are at their wits’ end, sick of the high-volume of cars and dangerous drivers using the street as a ratrun.
Cheryl Parsons said her daughter was almost hit two weeks ago, with the heavy traffic making it a risk for pedestrians.
“The road was wet, the car jumped on to the footpath and she had to jump off the footpath because they were driving so crazy,” Ms Parsons said.
“There should be no traffic if that’s closed, but we’ve seen so many people nearly hit.”
In September 2017, a City of Cockburn traffic count found the bus entry lane itself had 852 vehicles per day as the average weekday count, with just 8 per cent heavy vehicles such as buses.
A 2017 PTA Road Safety Audit of Aubin Grove Train Station noted the bus lane in question could be used as a short cut for drivers to access Russell Road and Wentworth Parade.
Ms Parsons’ neighbour Melanie Gompertz suggested the Public Transport Authority install boom gates to prevent the influx of traffic, but their pleas have so far gone unheeded.
“Transperth made it very clear they didn’t want a rat-run going through their carpark, but they’ve been allowed to make a ratrun down a residential street,” she said.
Public Transport Authority (PTA) spokesman David Hynes confirmed they were aware of the issue but said they did not have the power to fine motorists.
“Together with the City of Cockburn, we are working to find a solution, which will prevent or strongly discourage motorists from using the bus lane to access the station, or as a rat-run between Lauderdale Drive and Russell Road,” he said.
“We strongly urge all drivers using this carpark to be conscious of their own safety, and the safety of other drivers and bus passengers, and follow the road rules at all times.”
Mr Hynes said they were discussing a variety of options but rerouting the 526 bus away from Lauderdale Drive was not one of them, as it would add about 2.5km to passengers’ journey.
Cockburn MLA Fran Logan has raised the issue with Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and called on the PTA for a remedy.
City of Cockburn Councillor Lara Kirkwood said the council was also having to deal with potholes and rubbish.
Muhammad Asif, Melanie Gompertz, Peter Minchin, Cheryl Parsons and Lara Kirkwood at the bus-only lane.