METRONET plan includes solution to WA’s most risky road

Wednesday 15 Feb 2017
  • Denny Avenue ranks as the worst road in RAC's Risky Roads survey
  • As part of METRONET, WA Labor will remove the Denny Avenue level crossing to improve safety
  • The METRONET level crossing removal project is designed to fix traffic bottlenecks at congestion hot spots

A McGowan Labor Government will remove four dangerous level crossings, including WA's number one 'Risky Road' at Denny Avenue in Kelmscott, as part of METRONET.

The latest RAC 'Ricky Road' survey identified Denny Avenue as WA's most dangerous.

The separation of road and rail at this intersection will improve safety and will get underway in 2019-20. The method of removing the level crossing will be finalised once planning works begin.

WA Labor will work with the local council and the community to finalise the scope of the project, including a revamp to the surrounding precinct.

As part of WA Labor's long term program to remove dangerous level crossings along the Armadale, Midland and Fremantle rail lines, METRONET stage 1 will include four level crossing removal projects:

  • Denny Avenue in Kelmscott;
  • Caledonian Avenue in Maylands;
  • Oats Street in Victoria Park; and
  • Wharf Street in Queens Park.

Removing these dangerous level crossings will reduce congestion, improve safety and stimulate urban redevelopment close to public transport. It will also allow for greater frequency of trains on Perth's existing heritage rail lines.

Comments from Shadow Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

"Building METRONET will not only deliver world class public transport, it will also fix WA's most dangerous stretch of road - Denny Avenue.

"Currently the Denny Avenue crossing has two sets of traffic lights in close proximity. It is notorious for traffic bottlenecks in the morning and afternoon and is extremely frustrating and dangerous for motorists.

"Hundreds of locals signed the petition tabled in Parliament by local MP Dr Tony Buti and WA Labor candidate for Darling Range Barry Urban has been fighting hard for something to be done about Denny Avenue.

"WA Labor has listened to the community's concerns and the road will be made much safer when the level crossing is removed as part of METRONET.

"WA Labor's program of removing dangerous level crossings will create jobs and help bust congestion at some of Perth's worst traffic hotspots.

"By removing the level crossings, traffic will be able to flow freely, without interference with the rail line.

"Removing dangerous level crossings is an important component of WA Labor's METRONET plan, to deliver a world class public transport system that works."





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