Build Bartram Road footbridge simply for safety's sake!
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Many children attending Atwell College live on the western side of the Kwinana Freeway, requiring them to either ride a bike or walk to school (and in some instances, catch the bus). Currently, the only means of accessing the eastern side of the freeway is via the AG Train Station, Russell Road or Beeliar/Armadale Road vehicle overpasses. Atwell College is located pretty much in the middle of these primary roads, within a cleverly designed roadway that (in all reality) has one way in and one way out of the suburb.
Very recently, a child was hit by a vehicle whilst crossing Russell Rd bridge at the exit point from Freeway South. Fortunately, the child was not seriously hurt.
An easy, quick and relatively cheap solution is to build a simple, covered footbridge (NOT another carriageway), allowing children and others to cross the freeway and arrive literally on the doorstep of Atwell College SAFELY.
The benefits would be many;
- The primary benefit would be the mitigation of exposure to potential road accidents involving children on either Russell or Beeliar/Armadale Roads as they cross the bridge and interact with vehicles.
- Traffic would be greatly reduced around the school at start and finish times.
- Traffic would be greatly reduced in the Atwell suburb - fewer parent's/carer's vehicles driving through the area to access the school.
- Allows for greater safety for everyone wishing to cross the freeway in Success to Atwell and vice versa by foot.
We are led to believe construction for any type of bridge at Bartram Road will not commence until 2025 at earliest, yet the Atwell College school population grew by approximately 150 in 2017 alone...
Hon Ministers Saffioti and Logan, please consider the safety and future of our children. There are several footbridges crossing the freeway in the predominantly Liberal held northern suburbs and yet none in the southern suburbs. Here is your opportunity to make the change and demonstrate you care about kids and other footbridge users in the predominantly Labor held seats of the southern suburbs.
PLEASE build a simple, covered footbridge at Bartram Road over the Kwinana Freeway as soon as possible!
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