Traffic Lights on the Corner of Richmond and Molly Roads

Principal Petitioner Andrew Reardon, Morningside
Date Closed Sat, 16 Sep 2017 This epetition has ended
No. of signatures 56 signatures

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Due to all the development in the Morningside/Cannon Hill area, it has become evident that a huge safety issue crossing Richmond Road has arisen, especially on the corner of Molloy and Richmond Roads. This petition is for traffic lights to be installed so that school children, pedestrians and motorists can cross through this intersection safely without incident or accident. The pedestrian crossing is the main feeder for children crossing to attend the state school and private primary school on Molloy Road across Richmond Road. Residents in neighbouring streets currently make their way to Blackwood Ave and other parallel streets, to avoid the intersection as it is not safe and too difficult to cross. This causes a flow-on problem of more traffic into these neighbouring streets and more safety issues, as congestion builds throughout the neighbourhood.

Petitioners therefore request that traffic lights be installed at the corner of Molly and Richmond Roads, to better the traffic conditions and safety to cross the intersection and throughout neighbouring streets.

Council response

Thank you for your petition requesting that Council install traffic lights at the corner of Molloy and Richmond Roads, Morningside.

To promote safety through driver awareness and minimise speeding on suburban roads, Council has implemented the Portable Speed Warning Signs program. Portable speed warning signs are installed for a minimum of a month and increase motorist awareness of their travelling speed by acting as a reminder to adhere to the speed limit. To date, the citywide program has seen a marked decrease in the number of motorists travelling over the speed limit after passing the signs, with an average speed reduction of more than 9 km/h across all sites since the program began in late 2013.

Prior to this petition and at the request of the then local Councillor, Councillor Shayne Sutton, Council has scheduled the installation of a portable speed warning sign on Richmond Road on the westbound approach to its intersection with Molloy Road. The sign was installed in September 2017.

Council officers have assessed the safety of the intersection of Richmond and Molloy Roads. A review of the official traffic history since 2010 has determined that none of the recorded accidents could be attributed to the configuration of the intersection. Additionally, an assessment of Council’s traffic survey data also determined that neither the intersection of Richmond and Molloy Roads or the pedestrian crossing meet the accepted Austroads thresholds for vehicle and pedestrian volumes or accident rates needed to install traffic signals.

Council’s assessment has identified that the intersection configuration is acceptable for the current traffic and pedestrian volumes and that motorists who are driving with due care and attention can safely navigate this intersection. As a result, there are no plans to list it for the installation of traffic signals at this time.

The petitioners’ comments about motorists using local streets to avoid this intersection have been noted. Council has not received any complaints from residents in Blackwood Avenue of this nature. Generally, rat-running would be associated with avoiding another route for a particular reason such as a set of traffic signals or speed platforms. Given the configuration of the local traffic network, there would be no reason for large volumes of motorists to use Blackwood Avenue as a shortcut. As such, the installation of traffic signals would not deter this behaviour but would be more likely to increase it.

To complement the existing warning signage on Richmond Road, Council will install additional advance warning signs on both approaches of Molloy Road to provide better appreciation for motorists of the pedestrian crossing at the intersection.