More leg­work needed

Melville Times - - News - Aaron Cor­lett

INVESTIGATIONS into im­prov­ing the safety of pedes­tri­ans cross­ing a stretch of Rise­ley Street in Ap­ple­cross are con­tin­u­ing.

The Melville Times re­vealed in June that the City of Melville was look­ing into im­prove­ments on the road be­tween Can­ning High­way and Kearns Cres­cent fol­low­ing con­cerns from lo­cal business own­ers.

Shayne Sil­cox, who was chief ex­ec­u­tive at the time, said among the im­prove­ments the City was look­ing at was a puf­fin cross­ing. It also sup­ported a speed limit re­duc­tion.

A puf­fin cross­ing is one in which the con­trols are on the same side of the road as the pedes­trian, rather than on the op­po­site side as in the cross­ings now in use.

Act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Marten Tiele­man said a site in­ves­ti­ga­tion and traf­fic sur­vey had been com­pleted and a video sur­vey of pedes­trian move­ments was now be­ing ar­ranged.

“The traf­fic sur­vey re­sults have re­vealed that the 85th per­centile traf­fic speed, which is the speed at 85 per cent of traf­fic at or be­low, is in the range of 45km/h to 50km/h.

“The City has sent a plan to Main Roads WA to in­stall pedes­trian sig­nage to ad­vise mo­torists there is a high num­ber of pedes­tri­ans cross­ing in the area.

“The re­quest has been ap­proved by MRWA and the sig­nage is ex­pected to be in­stalled soon by MRWA con­trac­tors.”

Mr Tiele­man said the video sur­vey would as­sist in the jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for the in­stal­la­tion of puf­fin cross­ings.

“In the mean­time the City will keep mon­i­tor­ing the speed of traf­fic and pedes­trian ac­tiv­i­ties on Rise­ley Street in the area be­tween Will­cock Street and Can­ning High­way,” he said.

Sin­clairs Jewellers man­ager Derek Isaac­son said the de­ci­sion to in­stall pedes­trian signs was “com­mon sense”.

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