City of Cockburn, PO Box 1215, Bibra Lake DC, Western Australia, 6965
Telephone: (08) 9411 3444

ROAD AND TRAFFIC UPDATES 

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Traffic Modification - Murdoch Drive/Farrington Road/Allendale Entrance

The Murdoch Drive / Farrington Road / Allendale Entrance roundabout was upgraded to improve safety and traffic flow in the area.

Recently the line marking at the Murdoch Drive / Farrington Road / Allendale Entrance roundabout was changed.  Improvements at the roundabout included the addition of the double right turn lane from Murdoch Drive to Farrington Road (westbound) to cater for the high volume of turning traffic, followed by the implementation of spiral line marking to address the large volume of turning movements.

Navigating the roundabout

Even though the spiral markings are a bit different to what you may be used to, you shouldMurdoch Drive & Farrington Drive image follow the same basic rule that you would at a regular roundabout.

Remember:

  • Position your vehicle correctly and indicate where you want to go.
  • When entering the roundabout, give way to all vehicles travelling within the roundabout.
  • Indicate your intention to leave the roundabout.

Be courteous and be aware of vehicles entering the roundabout.

Spiral roundabouts

Spiral markings at roundabouts are a widely accepted method of addressing large volumes of turning traffic. 

These markings have also been applied to the roundabouts operating at the intersections of Nicholson, Yale and Garden Roads in Thornlie/Canning Vale and Mandjooroodup Drive, Mandurah Road and Kirkpatrick Drive in Mandurah, which has helped improve efficiency throughout the area.

The attached diagram shows how to use the spiral marking, click the image to view the larger version.


 

Knock Place parking issues and ongoing traffic congestion 

Cockburn Central - The City is acutely aware of the parking and congestion issues.

Would you like to know why there is a problem with traffic congestion at Knock Place, what can be done to improve this situation, what the City is doing about it and what you can do to assist? 

WHY IS THERE A PROBLEM?

The Public Transport Authority (State Government) provides most of the all-day car parking off Knock Place, Jandakot. The car park on the east side of the Kwinana Freeway for the Cockburn Central Train Station can accommodate 880 vehicles.

The State Government increased the number of parking bays from 410 to 880 in 2012 with a view to improving parking but without any corresponding suitable improvement to the adjacent road network which has ultimately led to an increase in traffic congestion. The City requested better traffic management solutions to be in place before the car park opened. This advice was not followed by the Western Australian Planning Commission that approved the additional bays.

The only vehicle access to Knock Place is via Solomon Road at an intersection which is only 40 meters away from the busy Armadale Road/Solomon Road intersection. A common complaint about the delays being experienced by commuters is that the 18 minute rail journey from Perth to Cockburn Central is quicker than the time it takes to exit the car park.

A 2-week traffic trial involving limiting access to Knock Place to left-in/left out was conducted in December and was successful at reducing traffic queues and lengthy delays in Knock Place experienced by commuters in the afternoon. The Council has since decided to reinstate a traffic trial until late this year but, unfortunately, there are issues involved with implementing a much longer trial and the adopted Council recommendations. City Officers are currently trying to work through those issues so that another trial can commence at the earliest opportunity.

Future changes to Armadale Road, Jandakot, and connecting it to North Lake Road 

The Minister for Planning has approved the declaration of a planning control area over land on Armadale Road, Knock Place, and Solomon Road, Jandakot for the purpose of a future primary regional road reservation.

This reservation will provide for the connection of Armadale Road, on the east side of the Kwinana Freeway, to North Lake Road on the west side of the Kwinana Freeway to provide an additional link for regional east-west traffic movements, and additional connectivity to/from Kwinana Freeway.

Further information about Planning Contril Area 22 can be found on the Western Australian Planning Commission's website.

The design and construction of the future road extension and the intersections along that new road link is the responsibility of Main Roads Western Australia. The construction of that project will be subject to the availability of State Government funding and a construction timeframe has not yet been confirmed.

Cockburn Central Town Centre - Access and parking

With major improvements to the surrounding arterial road network, there have been a few changes to how motor vehicles can enter and leave the Town Centre, and parking restrictions:

Town Centre Access

The primary access point into the Town Centre along Midgegooroo Avenue is Signal Terrace, which you can turn into from all directions (left or right). All other existing roads into the Town Centre, and future roads into Cockburn Central West (the site of the new Recreation and Aquatic Facility and Fremantle Football Club training ground), will operate as left-in/left-out only because of their proximity to traffic lights at either end of this road.

In the future, traffic lights will be installed at the intersection of Midgegooroo and Signal Terrace to manage vehicle traffic and provide a safe crossing point for the high pedestrian traffic flow that is anticipated between the Town Centre and the Cockburn Central West precinct, once there is development on that site. 

Street Parking

On-street parking in the Cockburn Central Town Centre is typically limited to a maximum of 2-hours during weekdays, to meet the short-term needs of customers to local businesses and visitors to residential apartments. This demand is growing as more developments reach completion there and are becoming occupied. 

The existing 2-hour parking time limit was extended in July 2014 to include all Town Centre roads, including those roads recently constructed. To address community feedback we are also planning to introduce a Loading Zone in Junction Boulevard, and some motor cycle parking.

Long-term on-street parking is not provided because the Town Centre has been planned as a high density town centre, serviced by public transport.  It is not practical for the City to provide long-term parking in the Town Centre because of the scarcity and cost of suitable land. Encouraging more traffic into the Town Centre would only serve to worsen the traffic congestion experienced on the surrounding arterial roads.

 

BEELIAR DRIVE DUAL CARRIAGEWAY

Stage 1 -Durnin Avenue to Spearwood Avenue: Duplication of Beeliar Drive

Stage 2 - 200m east of Stock Road to Durnin Avenue

CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED

The community living and working in the City of Cockburn is growing and road improvements are necessary to accommodate the extra traffic and to reduce congestion.

Due to the rapid development of precincts including Beeliar, Munster, Yangebup, and Coogee, and to accommodate increasing traffic, it is necessary to construct a second carriageway for Beeliar Drive between Stock Road and Spearwood Avenue, which will complete Beeliar Drive as a dual carriageway from Stock Road to the Kwinana Freeway.

Construction works have now been completed. The city would like to thank the public for there patience and understanding during construction of this project and for obeying the temporary speed restrictions and traffic management signs.

North Lake Road dual carriageway Hammond Road to Kentucky Court  

CONSTRUCTION COMPLETED

Due to the rapid development of precincts including Beeliar, Cockburn Central, Hammond Park, Success and Aubin Grove, and to accommodate increasing traffic, it is necessary to construct a second carriageway for North Lake Road, which will complete North Lake Road as a dual carriageway from the City's northern boundary to Kentucky Court.

 

Berrigan Drive Upgrade  

 

The City of Cockburn has engaged Tracc Civil to start a major roads project on 1 August, 2016, to upgrade Berrigan Drive from the Kwinana freeway to Jandakot Road.

 

The $7 million project involves extending Berrigan Drive for 700 metres and changing the roundabout into traffic lights, plus improvements to Dean Road and construction of Pilatus Street for 1.7 kilometres.

 

Below is the description of the works:

 

Start date: 1/8/2016

Completion date: April 2017

 

The works includes:

         Construction of intersection and installation of temporary traffic signals and traffic management before the new traffic signals become operational

         Removal of debris and replanting of  trees

         Excavation and other earthworks in the road reserve

         Construction of roads, footpaths, crash barriers, bollards and erection of street signs

         Reconstruction of road pavement and thickening of asphalt

         Construction of stormwater drains, pits and basins

         Construction of uniform fences and fences to private property

         Relocation and construction of underground utility services

         Pegging for street lighting works

         Relocation of water bore pump and switch gear and re-connection of reticulation system

         Underpass modifications

         Removal of existing road (200m of northern Berrigan Drive) for conversion into park land

         Liaising with relevant bodies to identify and relocate power, gas and telecommunication services

         Traffic management  to keep one lane open at all times, including night works

         Modification to parking bays and relocating car park lighting poles at the intersection Jandakot Road and Berrigan Drive (north)

         Construction of storm water drainage outlet sump and cross overs to private property

 

See outline here.

 

 

Gibbs Road & Lyon Road Intersection modification

 

In response to the construction of the Aubin Grove Train Station and the upgrade to the Russell Road & Kwinana Freeway interchange, the City of Cockburn has investigated the future capacity and design of the existing roundabout at Gibbs Road & Lyon Road.

Russell Road in Success/Hammond Park and Gibbs Road in Atwell/Aubin Grove is currently being upgraded by the state government late this year to accommodate the additional traffic that will be generated by the new Aubin Grove Bus/Rail Station.

The City of Cockburn will be modifying the intersection of Gibbs Road and Lyon Road and changing the intersection from an existing single lane roundabout to a traffic signalised intersection.

An investigation identified the need to upgrade the existing roundabout to a signalised intersection for the following reasons:

  1. The existing traffic flow through the roundabout is at saturated levels, and there is no opportunity to upgrade the capacity of the existing roundabout.
  2. The installation of traffic signals will alleviate the existing congestion and queuing issues, and the proposed signals will have the potential to be upgraded into the future when required.
  3. Roundabouts with high traffic flows can create unadvisable conflict between pedestrians & cyclists and vehicles. With the installation of traffic signals, pedestrians & cyclists will be provided with safe and regulated crossing opportunities.

Detail design of the traffic signals have been completed by the City of Cockburn and construction commenced November 2016 and this project is due to be completed in March 2017.

Should you require clarification or further information about the proposed traffic signals, please do not hesitate to contact the City of Cockburn's Road Design Services on 9411 3444.


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