A Warm Welcome!
Anyone driving in or out of our local area on Ranford Road will know of the morning and afternoon peak hour crawl. This is why I actively worked with State and local government towards having the road widened to accommodate a third lane in each direction.
The community has been right behind this initiative, and more than 1,100 people returned my Ranford Road fliers to me or emailed my office in support. I presented these to Transport Minister, Hon Dean Nalder, mid year. Shortly afterwards funding arrangements were finalised between Main Roads, the Public Transport Authority (PTA) and the City of Canning.
The first stages are complete – the construction of third lanes on Ranford Road in each direction between Bannister Road and the railway bridge. There are plans to create a third westbound lane on the railway overpass bridge, replacing the under-used footpath. (Unfortunately the bridge cannot be widened in the eastbound direction as it is simply too narrow, and eventually it will have to be rebuilt to accommodate the planned passenger rail lines).
2016 will also see construction begin on a rail overpass on Nicholson Road. This will greatly improve traffic flow along Nicholson Road, Garden Street and Yale Road as traffic will no longer be held up by long freight trains. Main Roads has begun the tender process and construction is expected to begin mid 2016, with the project due to be completed by the end of 2017. There will be some delays as the work proceeds, but the improvements are well over due and will benefit all road users for a long time to come.
As our children prepare to go back to school, please watch out for children on the roads, and remember that school 40km/h speed zones will be in force from 1st February.