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Traffic signal projects re-evaluated

Published on Friday 30 June, 2017

Safety at two intersections in Langford and Beckenham will continue to be monitored, after State Government policy changes have prompted the shelving of plans to install traffic lights at the locations.

City of Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said funding was allocated in 2016/17 for signals to be installed at the intersection of William Street and Sevenoaks Street, in Beckenham, on either side of the existing railway level crossing.

Since then, the State Government has announced plans to remove a number of level crossings on the Perth to Armadale Rail line, which would mean that traffic signals are likely to be needed for a limited period. Consequently, they no longer present a viable infrastructure investment.

“Grade separation of the level crossing will provide a much safer and effective solution for drivers, pedestrians and nearby residents in the long term,” Mayor Searle said.

Meanwhile, the planned installation of traffic signals at the intersection of Nicholson Road and Langford Avenue, Langford, has been affected by a change in policy at Main Roads WA.

The project was previously approved in principle, to be funded under the State Black Spot Program, however the policy change means it is no longer feasible for the City to proceed with the work.

“The City will now attempt to recover all funds already spent on these projects,” Mayor Searle said.