Town of Bassendean Partners with Main Roads WA to Enhance Road Safety

Published on Wednesday, 29 May 2024 at 10:18:19 AM

At its Ordinary Council Meeting last night, Town of Bassendean Council endorsed a collaboration with Main Roads Western Australia on the Low Cost Urban Road Safety Program (Low Cost URSP), aiming to improve safety, reduce fatalities, and improve traffic flow on local roads and intersections.

Supported by the Minister for Transport and the Minister for Road Safety through the Road Trauma Trust Account, the Low Cost URSP is a fully funded initiative that seeks to reduce crash risks and enhance traffic flow for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists by delivering treatments to roads and intersections. Main Roads WA has identified areas within the Town of Bassendean where crash risk analysis indicates a higher-than-average risk. Based on these findings, the roads around Jubilee Reserve and Success Hill Reserve have been selected for improvement first, with roads around Broadway Arboretum, Tonkin Business Park, and Ashfield Flats to be considered for improvement in future years.

State Government research indicates that low-cost safety treatments like mini roundabouts, compact roundabouts, uncontrolled pedestrian crossing facilities, raised safety platforms, gateway treatments and other minor road features can reduce crash risk. Examples of treatments can be found in the Low Cost Urban Road Safety Program Strategy and Implementation Framework.

Once draft designs for the safety treatments have been prepared, they will be shared with residents in the affected areas for their feedback. The Town’s involvement in the program will begin in the 2024/25 financial year.

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