Main Roads says no to speed cut

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Condello's Waterloo manager Craig Shepard, Waterloo Village employee Kaye Denton and Waterloo villager owner Greg Homer along with Waterloo village residents Malcolm Hicks, Fred Hacking, Marg Hicks, Neil Becker and Lance Denton have concerns about the speed limit on 3km stretch of South Western Highway.
Camera IconCondello's Waterloo manager Craig Shepard, Waterloo Village employee Kaye Denton and Waterloo villager owner Greg Homer along with Waterloo village residents Malcolm Hicks, Fred Hacking, Marg Hicks, Neil Becker and Lance Denton have concerns about the speed limit on 3km stretch of South Western Highway. Credit: Stuart McGuckin

Waterloo Village Caravan Park owner Greg Homer is angered Main Roads is refusing to lower the speed on South Western Highway after a two-month-long traffic analysis.

Main Roads collected and analysed traffic data on the highway near the caravan park and service station from June to July.

“We were very happy and hopeful when we saw Main Roads putting up a camera to analyse what we see every day,” Mr Homer said.

“But when they didn’t quite see the road the same way the local community does we were disheartened.

“If you live here, you experience this on a daily basis and it’s not good.

“Everybody in this local community wants to see a change and there is a distinct reason for that, it’s unfortunate Main Roads cannot see that.”

Main Roads media manager Dean Roberts said a speed reduction on South Western Highway was “not warranted”.

“The agency installed cameras to study turning movements into and out of the industrial area driveway and nearby Waterloo Caravan Park,” Mr Roberts said.

“The traffic data and analysis of vision has determined that a speed reduction on the South Western Highway, at this location, is not warranted.

“Main Roads is however currently looking at options to improve the kerbing and delineation between the entry of the caravan park and service station, to prevent road users from entering the wrong premise.”

Mr Homer said the community would continue campaigning until they saw a change.

“Life is about people, they are the most important consideration,” he said.

“A reduction in the speed limit would add 30 seconds to someone’s journey and can save a life.”

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