Champion St road safety and intersection improvements
A range of road safety and intersection improvements on Champion St are due to get underway in November/December 2020.
The improvements to be carried out include a significant upgrade to the Windley St/Champion St intersection to improve visibility for motorists and introduce new crossing facilities for pedestrians.
Improvements, such as improved markings and signage, are also proposed at the following intersections:
Champion Street is a main arterial and public transport route carrying 8500 vehicles a day, so we also proposed creating several informal pedestrian crossing points to improve accessibility to bus stops and provide safe locations for people to cross.
We anticipate only minimal disruptions during construction.
The work is expected to be completed during January 2021.
Thank you to everyone who gave us feedback during consultation. The responses received helped shape a final road safety design that has now been approved by Council.
Champion Street has seen several crashes over the past 10 years, with 50% resulting in serious injury or worse. As an arterial road carrying around 8500 vehicles a day, there is a high risk of further crashes occurring and traffic volumes are likely to increase with the Government’s development of housing in the area.
Speed surveys carried out at three locations along Champion St this year showed vehicles were travelling at speeds above 50km/h near the Windley St intersection, while speeds at the other sites further east along Champion St, towards the Cannons Creek shops, were much lower.
Consultation letters were hand delivered to residents living on Champion Street as well as parts of Windley Street, Thompson Grove, Hereford Street and Gloucester Street in December 2019. The consultation was further promoted through the Council’s website and Facebook pages.
In response, we received 23 submissions; 17 in support and 6 opposed. Of those opposed to the proposals, most were concerned with specific aspects that affected them personally, such as effects on parking or access to driveways
After a detailed review of all submissions received it has been decided to modify the proposal slightly to address the issues raised by those residents, while still ensuring good safety outcomes are achieved.