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Sandra Reeves says Stratton and Midvale residents have waited long enough for safer pedestrian access in their neighbourhood.

Perth’s riskiest road gets upgrade

MIDVALE and Stratton residents say it’s time for action after the neighbourhood’s infamous Farrall Road was recently voted WA’s most risky in a survey of more than 10,000 people.

The RAC 2022 Risky Roads report revealed poor road surface and little to no pedestrian access had residents seriously concerned for the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

The results are welcomed by former Stratton Community Association (SCA) president Troy Condo who advocated for the upgrade at the time of the Movida Estate approval –through which Farrall Road runs – more than four years ago.

“Our Association made several attempts since development began on Movida to raise the issue about Farrall Road with the City of Swan, Peet [the developer] and Main Roads,” he said.

“We had support from Midland MLA Michelle Roberts and local councillors, yet the topic has not been raised at council meetings or acted on to make the road safer.

“The development design was created before land was sold, yet Farrall Road was left until final stages to be looked into.”

A 200-strong survey conducted by SCA in August 2020 found 97 per cent of residents thought the busy road needed urgent upgrades.

“They should have completed all of Farrall Road first before all of the adjoining streets are completed and built on,” Mr Condo said.

“This way footpath access could be completed at the same time they put the kerb in to extend off each street.

“Do it once and do right the first time – it could have been done four years ago.”

But, there is light at the end of the tunnel, with Peet confirming this week major upgrades at the site have now commenced.

“Peet has been working closely with the state and federal governments to secure the necessary approvals for the Farrall Road upgrade,” a Peet spokesperson said.

“After undergoing a comprehensive approvals process, the upgrade works commenced in July 2022 with completion anticipated by mid-2023.

“The safety of our community is of the highest priority and we are focused on delivering this important piece of infrastructure to enhance the overall community connectivity of Movida.”

Current SCA president Sandra Reeves said residents needed a temporary footpath as conditions were only getting worse.

“It’s very frustrating,” she said.

“You just feel like you’re getting nowhere no matter how hard you try, what avenue you take they just brush you under the carpet.”

It’s not the first time a local road has hit the number one spot in the survey.

In the 2018/19 the intersection of Great Northern Highway at Swan Christian College was voted the riskiest in Perth – with the state government committing $370,000 to improve safety and traffic flow at the site soon after.

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