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Swanbourne High School Subdivision Traffic Assessment

 At the Council meeting on 15 December 2015 the following resolution was passed:

That Council refer this matter back to Administration for them to undertake urgent discussions with the affected community in the Swanbourne High School site and the Town of Claremont with a view to come up with a motion that will be acceptable to both Administration and the great majority of residents/ratepayers in the affected area.

In particular the following actions be strongly considered;
a) Making Nidjalla Loop off Alfred road an exit only with a left turn or a left
and right turn at Alfred Rd to be given special consideration. This work
to be considered urgent and sufficient budget be allocated to allow this
to be completed ASAP.
b) Improvements to the Narla Rd and school pick up and drop off
arrangements.
c) Further traffic calming solutions within the SHS site.
d) Any other feasible solutions to the traffic problems within the SHS site.

 

Current Status (last updated: 4 January 2016)

The City’s Swanbourne High School Traffic Subdivision Traffic Assessment Report by OPUS is available to read. Download here

 The Traffic Assessment report completed on behalf of the subdivision residents by Transcore is available to read. Download here.

The City is now progressing with option development in accordance with the latest Council resolution.

 

Status (last updated: 10 October 2015).

The City is now progressing with further investigation into the through traffic and measures to mitigate this.

The initial stage was to undertake additional traffic counts to establish the level of non-local traffic as well as information on the pavements patterns. These additional counts have now been completed and are currently being assessed by the City’s traffic consultant.

The City's traffic consultant will progress the traffic assessment with a review of the extent and impacts of non-local traffic and will then propose potential options for mitigation as appropriate.
 The report and any proposed measures will be subject to the City's usual community consultation processes, and this will provide full opportunity for community input into the development and selection of the measures to be implemented.

The City understands the key concerns of the community is road safety, and this will considered across the entire area, including: the subdivision; Swanbourne Primary School and Narla Road. The right solution will address each safety concern and will aim to minimise any issues elsewhere. This remains the focus of the City, such that the needs of the community as a whole are served.

The City intends to continue an ongoing dialogue with residents in order to establish the best solutions moving forwards, and to keep the community informed about these. A key initiative is this website page on the City’s website which will continue to provide updates on the status of the project as well as advising on key opportunities for the community to contribute.

History

Following the consultation for the Nidjalla Loop closure, Council resolved to complete additional investigations to identify the most suitable solution. The initial stage was to undertake additional traffic counts to establish the level of non-local traffic as well as information on the pavements patterns. The outcome of these additional counts have now been included in the City’s updated traffic report above.

The City understands the key concerns of the community is road safety, and this has been considered across the entire area, including: the subdivision; Swanbourne Primary School and Narla Road. The right solution will address each safety concern and will aim to minimise any issues elsewhere. This remains the focus of the City, such that the needs of the community as a whole are served.

The City intends to continue an ongoing dialogue with residents in order to establish the best solutions moving forwards, and to keep the community informed about these. A key initiative is this website page on the City’s website which will continue to provide updates on the status of the project as well as advising on key opportunities for the community to contribute.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the closure of Nidjalla Loop still going ahead?

The closure of Nidjalla Loop is not currently an option under consideration, there are other options now being considered which it is expected will more effectively address the current issues. Options will be subject to ongoing community consultation as the preferred solution is selected and defined.

What are the Options currently under Consideration

The City is currently developing a number of options for community consultation to identify the community’s preferences and concerns. The consultation is scheduled to take place in February 2016.

The options for consideration include:
• Nidjalla Loop/Alfred Road Intersection Modifications
Under development currently are:

  • Left Out only
  • Northbound out, and
  • Do Nothing.

• Traffic Calming with the Subdivision
Under development currently are:

  •  One Way Pinch Points
  • One Sided parking restrictions
  • Raised intersection tables
  • Do Nothing

• Narla Road Improvements

A preliminary layout has been completed to improve the pick-up and drop off arrangements at the school. This was included in the December Council Report and will not be updated until after the community consultation is completed, and all community comments are available. Issues we have already been advised of and which will be considered in the detailed design will be:

  • Consideration of speed reduction measures
  • Minimising the impact of the proposed school crossing location on bus-stops, residences and crossovers.

When and how is it best for Community Members submit feedback?

The City will be seeking formal feedback on the options and the community’s concerns and preferences in February, following the end of the school holiday period. There will be a two week consultation period, by letter drop to the local community and online via the City’s website. Following this the community’s comments will be collated and reviewed. A recommendation will be prepared to the April 2016 Council meeting that takes account of these options, and to allow Council to take an informed decision.

It is most effective for us to consider these comments together, through the formal process. If you are likely to be unavailable and without access to internet during this time, then if you submit your preliminary comments to the City’s email address: council@nedlands.wa.gov.au they will be collated for inclusion in this consultation as far as possible. Bear in mind that this can only be done where preference in relation to the specific questions asked can be clearly defined from your comments, hence our preference that you wait on the formal consultation period to submit there wherever possible.

When will the issue next be referred back to Council?

It is expected that the next report to Council will be at the April 2016 meeting.

What is the current timeline?

Options are currently being developed with a view to completing a community consultation in February 2016. This will allow the outcomes of the consultation to be submitted for approval of a preferred option at the April 2016 council meeting. The Narla Road improvements will be reconsidered following this, so any existing comments received to date will be addressed following completion of the community consultation. This timeline will allow final proposals to be submitted for inclusion in the 2016/17 capital works budget, which is expected to be finalised in July 2016.

How is the impact of the future developments being taken into account?

This City is currently basing decisions on simulated projection models of likely traffic flows, which is the best available information at this time. As these are inevitably less accurate than actual counts of existing situations, solutions will be required that will either work in a variety of scenarios or are open to simple and cost effective modification, to suit changing or actual traffic patterns

Further Information

Further background on this project can be assessed in the minutes of the council meeting 28 April 2015, 28 July 2015 and 15 December 2015.

Alternatively you can contact us by the following methods:
Email: council@nedlands.wa.gov.au
Phone: 9273 3500
Post: PO Box 9, Nedlands, WA 6909
Visit us in person at: 71 Stirling Highway, Nedlands 6009.