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SOUTH FREO SCOTT STREET TRAFFIC SAFETY

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on December 9, 2017

 

The controversial changes to the Hampton Road/Scott Street intersection in South Fremantle will come before Fremantle Council this Wednesday.

Community consultation with local residents and businesses conducted by Freo City concluded that:

  • Most people (65%) said they preferred the option proposing to move the school crossing 50 metres south of its current location, reinstate access for vehicles turning right into Scott Street from Hampton Road and move the bus stop a few metres north (Option 1).
  • The most common reasons for preferring option 1 were less congestion at the intersection of Hampton and Lloyd Streets, eliminating dangerous traffic conditions and inconvenience for motorists experienced since the temporary median installed in March 2107, and addresses increased traffic in neighbouring streets, also experienced since the introduction of the trial.
  • 15% of people said they would prefer to formalise the temporary traffic treatment at the Hampton Road and Scott Street intersection (Option 2). Most people who preferred Option 2 felt it was safer for pedestrians because it has stopped cars using the bus lane.
  • 20% of people didn’t support either option. The most common suggestion was to install traffic lights with a signalised pedestrian crossing at the intersection.

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  1. freoishome said, on December 11, 2017 at 11:15 am

    I can picture the scene in Maxwell at school drop off and collection time. It is mostly mums, and 15 minutes beforehand they suddenly turn into formula 1 racing drivers!

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  2. freoview said, on December 11, 2017 at 7:52 am

    The issue there is that motorists now turn right into Jenkin and the little stretch of Maxwell Street is now much busier as everyone needs to drive through there, who in the past used Scott Street straight up. It is a strange dog leg, especially during school pick up and drop off.
    I have no issues with the present arrangement and don’t believe it inconveniences anyone greatly.

    Roel

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  3. freoishome said, on December 11, 2017 at 7:21 am

    I think the current arrangement make both entering Lloyd and exiting to head south safer for motorists, with its refuge island. The main issue is motorist don’t know how to use a refuge island, when entering the main road to turn right, many thinking it is isn’t safe to stop in it, and trying to cross both lanes, or waiting until they can, and thus making everyone frustrated from the long wait!

    The main inconvenience is for those heading north wanting to turn right into Scott, which is a frustration, but equally removes a frustration for motorists not wanting to make that turn, and having to queue behind.

    Paul

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  4. Sean hefferon said, on December 10, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    Amazing council foresight. Make a change where the number supporting the change versus against it is not made transparent unless one digs. Mind you the meagre numbers for the original change as stated on change.org are nix versus the local petition to retain the original intersection. The fact that the intersection of Lloyd and Hampton would become hazardous post-change was foreseeable as was the increased risk factor in exiting from the southern end of the IGA/Peaches carpark.

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