Hon Judi Moylan

Moylan meets with action group

Safety and action were the key words in a meeting with Member for Pearce Judi Moylan and the No To 80 action group in Perth recently, to discuss the appalling state of safety on the Great Eastern Highway, particularly in the built-up areas between Greenmount Hill and Mundaring. With the Federal Government’s announcement of the extension of its successful Roads to Recovery Program for a further four years as part of a $2 billion funding boost for transport, last week, the aim of securing funds should prove quite timely. Proposed steps from the meeting include working together to secure funding for a possible feasibility study to ascertain the problem areas and a bid to acquire adequate funding in the next few months. “Many of the hot spots along the highway have been improved but it’s gone beyond the bandaid approach,” Ms Moylan said. The speed limits could be reviewed once the safety issues have been addressed, she said. While people’s views of speed limits may vary, both parties agreed that safety concerns were paramount. Safety improvements would include fewer side roads with direct access to the highway, better lighting, visibility and signage generally, school children crossings, warnings and slip road access to allow gradual merging of traffic. Community support is mounting to improve different safety aspects such as bottlenecks, unsealed road shoulders and visibility at intersections. “Attention to these issues is urgent as traffic volumes increase,” she said. Ms Moylan agreed to work closely with the action group and the community to encourage the three tiers of government to work together towards a joint Federal-State funding agreement to fix the highway. The action group expressed that safety issues were not just issues for local road users as the highway extended as an outlet and entry point for country drivers and Eastern States traffic.

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