UPPER Swan residents angry about an increase in traffic on Railway Pde will be pleased the City of Swan has agreed to temporarily close the southern end of the road.
Councillor Andrew Kiely successfully moved a motion for the City to start the process to temporarily close the southern end of Railway Pde until a proposed roundabout at the intersection of Railway Pde and Great Northern Hwy is built and the NorthLink WA on ramp at The Promenade has been completed.
Traffic on the southern section of Railway Pde became a problem for residents after the Ellen Brook bridge opened in August 2018.
In Railway Pde traffic increase angers residents (Echo News, April 11) residents David and Lynette Watts said prior to the bridge opening Railway Pde carried little traffic as it only serviced about 100 properties.
Two months after the bridge opened allowing the two sections of Railway Pde to become one road traffic went from about 200 vehicles to on average 1530 vehicles a day using the southern section of the road each day.
The bridge allows Railway Pde to provide an alternate exit for Ellenbrook and Aveley residents during emergency situations such as bushfires.
But Upper Swan District Ratepayers and Residents Association (USDRRA) secretary Ann Winchester said it also meant traffic from a wide catchment area surrounding Upper Swan including Ellenbrook, Aveley, The Vines, Annie’s Landing and Equis Lakes as well as from Bullsbrook, Muchea and beyond including traffic from Brand Hwy used Railway Pde and its intersection with Great Northern Hwy.
An officer’s report presented to the council on Wednesday, June 5 said land to the immediate west of the Upper Swan townsite would soon be developed as residential land resulting in further increased traffic volumes in the area.
The report said once the Great Northern Hwy and Apple St intersection was completed it was proposed that the Great Northern Hwy and Railway Pde intersection would become left in, left out only.
Construction of the roundabout is expected to start in the 2019-20 financial year with completion in 2020-21.
“However, this is subject to a number of factors such as design, land acquisition and service relocations,’’ the report said.
“It is anticipated that this work will reduce the volume of traffic using the southern section of Railway Pde, as vehicles heading south, would have to turn left onto Apple St to get onto Great Northern Hwy.’’