Speedy res­o­lu­tion sought

Wanneroo Times - - News - Lucy Jarvis

RES­I­DENTS and the City of Wan­neroo are call­ing on Main Roads WA to more than halve the speed limit on sev­eral Ma­rig­iniup roads.

The de­fault un­posted limit on semi-ru­ral roads such as Via Vista Drive, Lord Maselle Place, Zest Court, Sem­i­nara Place, Mead­ow­lands Drive, Con­duc­tor Re­treat and Timely Host­ess Mews is 110km/h.

Af­ter res­i­dents raised con­cerns about safety in light of a po­ten­tial in­crease in truck­ing traf­fic ear­lier this year, the City asked Main Roads to do a speed limit re­view.

That re­sulted in Main Roads propos­ing to make the limit 70km/h on those roads.

How­ever at its Oc­to­ber meet­ing, the coun­cil voted to ask Main Roads to re­duce the limit to 50km/h and to meet res­i­dents to hear their con­cerns.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said it was dis­ap­point­ing the ini­tial re­quest for a 50km/h speed limit was not ap­proved.

“Whilst MRWA’s pro­posed speed limit of 70km/h is much bet­ter com­pared to the ex­ist­ing de­fault limit of 110km/h, coun­cil be­lieves it would be in the com­mu­nity’s best in­ter­ests if the speed limit was re­duced to 50km/h,” she said.

Res­i­dent Jolanda Capes said about two thirds of res­i­dents would pre­fer a 50km/h limit and gen­er­ally peo­ple did “the right thing” while driv­ing there be­cause they were mind­ful of safety for chil­dren and horses.

“We’ve got a school bus that runs down the road,” she said. “It’s an eques­trian es­tate; peo­ple ride their horses to get to the bridal tracks.”

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said a 70km/h limit had been sug­gested af­ter a re­view of the roads and Main Roads was wait­ing for agree­ment from the City be­fore im­ple­ment­ing any changes.

“The roads in ques­tion are un­der the con­trol of lo­cal coun­cil and any dis­cus­sion on speed lim­its and re­quest for changes from lo­cal res­i­dents needs to be ad­dressed to coun­cil,” he said.

“Main Roads makes ev­ery ef­fort to ap­ply ap­pro­pri­ate speed lim­its that are con­sid­ered rea­son­able by the ma­jor­ity of mo­torists.”

Pic­ture: Mar­tin Ken­nealey d488041

Linda Strick­land, Brigitte Scheier, Ruth Ni­co­laisen, Tina Gra­ham, Sharon Mc­Cor­mack and Jolanda Capes want the speed limit on Ma­rig­iniup roads re­duced.

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