WA LABOR has pledged $650,000 to improve road safety in Hilton, Beaconsfield and South Fremantle if it wins the state election.
A quarter of a million dollars will be spent on improving the Paget and South Street intersection—described by locals as “one of the most dangerous pedestrian crossings”—and $200,000 will go on upgrading the pedestrian crossing at Hampton Road and Scott Street, where recently two school students were hit by cars.
Another $200,000 will be spent on improving the South Terrace and Little Lefroy Lane intersection in South Fremantle, where numerous cyclists have been involved in accidents.
“Over the past few years, residents have raised concerns about these accident hotspots time and time again,” says Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk.
Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt welcomed the funding.
“Being a safe seat, we don’t get many commitments in election campaigns but this is a worthwhile one that I fully support,” he says.
“The City of Fremantle has long pushed for upgrades—especially to calm traffic and improve the Hilton Town Centre—but unfortunately lacked the support of state government agencies.”
Ms McGurk did not have a “firm view” about how the upgrades would be implemented, but would “work with the community, with Main Roads and with the council to get their advice about how we can make sure it’s safer for people”.
by JASMINE KAZLAUSKAS