Pedestrian safety fears surround Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive interchange

Retirees are calling for a pedestrian crossing with alerts as a result of it’s too harmful to cross roads on the Wanneroo Road-Joondalup Drive interchange.

Residents of the Regents Backyard Lake Joondalup retirement advanced say they’re too scared to cross on the roundabout.

Major Roads has dismissed choices for pedestrian crossings.

Village president Invoice Marwick stated Major Roads had prioritised “seamless site visitors stream” and ignored residents’ considerations about safety.

“Some residents, both by means of age or incapacity, not drive in any respect,” he stated.

“They want to have the ability to catch the bus, get off the bus, and never threat being killed or maimed making an attempt to get from one facet of Joondalup Drive to the opposite to get again house.

“The homecoming bus cease is just too far-off for older residents or these with incapacity to handle.”

Resident Willy Fisher stated they not used the bus as a result of they might not safely get house to Drovers Place from the eastbound cease on Joondalup Drive.

“There’s so many extra lanes now than we used to have,” she stated.

“The site visitors is steady as a result of there’s no lights now – earlier than, we had the lights there and we pushed a button and walked throughout.”

Willy Fisher with concerned Regents Garden residents at one of the new bus stops.
Digicam IconWilly Fisher with involved Regents Backyard residents at one of many new bus stops. Credit score: David Baylis/Group Information

Resident Linda Martin stated they welcomed having the westbound bus cease reverse the village however had safety considerations in regards to the eastbound cease, particularly for individuals who had been blind, infirm or utilizing wheelchairs.

“The site visitors is actually quick coming down Joondalup (Drive) now,” she stated.

“We take our life in our arms to get throughout there.

“We both want that bus cease moved additional again to be reverse the one we get onto the bus or a lightweight there for folks to cease their automobiles so we will cross.”

Major Roads spokesman Dean Roberts stated changing the earlier site visitors alerts with a roundabout meant it was not doable to retain the crimson/inexperienced man alerts.

Mr Roberts stated whereas residents needed to stroll an additional 250m from the eastbound cease, it was safer crossing on the roundabout as a result of it had refuge islands.

He stated the flyover considerably lowered pedestrian publicity to site visitors as a result of 60 per cent of all site visitors travelled east-west.

Sue Bray, seated, with concerned Regents Garden residents and the new flyover in the background.
Digicam IconSue Bray, seated, with involved Regents Backyard residents and the brand new flyover within the background. Credit score: David Baylis/Group Information

Though a pedestrian crossing with alerts was put in on Joondalup Drive in Banksia Grove in 2019, Mr Roberts stated one couldn’t be put in close to the interchange.

“Zebra crossings should not suitable with a roundabout,” he stated.

“Forcing site visitors to offer approach to pedestrians on this location would trigger site visitors to cease in the midst of the roundabout, creating confusion and a big safety threat.”

Mr Roberts stated it was unviable to put money into a bridge or underpass as a result of there have been low day by day pedestrian actions, and each would require lengthy, light gradients to accommodate wheelchair entry.

Resident Dorothy Muni stated a bus driver as soon as stopped, acquired out and stopped site visitors to assist a lady utilizing a walker cross on the roundabout.

Mrs Fisher stated she and her husband Peter used to stroll to Carramar for meals however not felt secure crossing the interchange.

After a barrier was flattened in a latest crash, Mr Roberts stated the railings had been primarily for folks to carry whereas ready to cross and weren’t designed to face up to the influence of a car.

A pedestrian railing damaged in a crash.
Digicam IconA pedestrian railing broken in a crash. Credit score: Ray Jackson

Mr Marwick stated the bus cease location on Wanneroo Highway, south of the bridge, couldn’t be worse positioned for village residents.

“It’s too removed from the village for aged or disabled residents to stroll and too harmful to cross a busy Wanneroo Highway at any time,” he stated.

Mr Roberts stated there was a pedestrian crossing on the Clarkson Avenue alerts, 300m south on Wanneroo Highway.

Driving by means of the interchange was additionally a priority for retirees, as Jeanne Potter stated it restricted entry to their very own village.

“We’ve acquired to go across the roundabout and are available again,” she stated.

The eastbound bus stop on Joondalup Drive before the Wanneroo Road roundabout and flyover bridge.
Digicam IconThe eastbound bus cease on Joondalup Drive earlier than the Wanneroo Highway roundabout and flyover bridge. Credit score: Group Information

Mrs Fisher stated in her household, there had been 4 close to misses driving by means of the roundabout and mates had stopped visiting as a result of it was too arduous to navigate.

“We’ve got to assume twice about going out – it’s simply been too troublesome,” she stated.

Mr Marwick stated the safety points had been more likely to worsen as soon as 200 properties had been constructed on Satterley’s Myella property in Drovers Place.

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