Wollaston Road residents call for 60km/h speed limit

A car crash on Wollaston Road has prompted neighbours to call for the speed limit to be permanently lowered to 60km/h.

Speed drop: Doug Gardner, Brian McLaren, Sandy Gardner and Lois Morrow where a ute crashed through a slow down sign. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Speed drop: Doug Gardner, Brian McLaren, Sandy Gardner and Lois Morrow where a ute crashed through a slow down sign. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Residents are worried that someone will be killed if something is not done about the dangerous corner.

A Holden ute lost control on the bend about 11pm on Saturday night, crashed through a ‘slow down’ sign and into a large gum tree.

Resident Jenny McLaren said it was the second time in 12 months that a car had crashed through her fence.

“I walked into the lounge and I heard this almighty crash, bang and I knew instantly what it was,” Mrs McLaren said. “It was such a huge crash. It’s amazing that no one was killed.

“We’re frightened that one day someone will come to grief there.”

Residents want barriers installed around the corner to prevent cars from crashing into the ditch, and speed limits in that section permanently lowered to 60km/h.

“Just in the last few weeks they’ve put up the yellow 60km/h signs but that’s not enforceable, that’s only recommended,” Mrs McLaren said. “The speed limits in this section of Wollaston Road have been an issue for residents for a long time.

“All of the long-time residents have all got stories of many, many vehicles coming through fences and into their properties.”

The original 100km/h speed limit was dropped to 80km/h a few years ago following three accidents in three weeks. Mrs McLaren said some cars used that section of Wollaston Road like a chicane and suggested police locate their speed cameras there to help slow the traffic.

With about 80 new houses built in the past few years in the new estates, and more than 2000 more planned for the future, residents are concerned about traffic safety.

They said while there were plans for a roundabout at the entrance to one estate, cars coming around the corner were often forced to slow down or stop in a hurry because of cars turning into or out of side roads.

“How many accidents are going to happen in the meantime,” Mrs McLaren said.

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