Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Improved Pedestrian Safety Welcomed In Mundaring Townsite
Victor P Taffa
A 50 km/h electronic variable speed limit was ‘switched on’ today through the Mundaring town centre, to improve pedestrian safety and reduce the speed of vehicles during periods of high activity in the Townsite.
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien, together with Swan Hills MLA Frank Alban and East Metropolitan MLC Alyssa Hayden, were on site to witness the start of the trial.
The new electronic variable signs are being implemented following consultation earlier this year between the Minister, local Parliamentarians, the Shire of Mundaring and other key stakeholders to address problems faced by pedestrians crossing the highway through Mundaring town.
Mr. O’Brien said the variable speed limit was being implemented on Great Eastern Highway between Mann Street and Stoneville and Mundaring Weir roads.
“The 50 km/h speed limit will operate between 7.30 am and 10 pm seven days a week. The existing 60 km/h will apply outside these hours when there is less traffic and pedestrian activity.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“In addition, and to ensure there is consistency with speed limits approaching the town, the existing 90 km/h speed limit between Mundaring and Sawyers Valley will also be reduced to 80 km/h from Monday.”
The Minister said the trial was a major safety improvement for members of the Mundaring community, as many residents had expressed concern about crossing the highway through the town’s shopping area.
“These improvements will go a long way to assist pedestrians and other road users to move about the area in safety.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“Also, motorists approaching the town will be well aware of the changes, with new ‘60 km/h Ahead’ signs installed on the highway, just west of Grancey Avenue.”
“These, along with the electronic speed limit signs, will make it much clearer that the area has a high level of pedestrian activity.” Mr. O’Brien said.