Concerns about Yanchep’s main intersection

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Some residents have concerns about the Yanchep Beach Rd intersection with Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr as well as the nearby entry-exit to the Yanchep National Park. Picture: Anita McInnes

THERE are concerns that near misses are happening more often in the Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr intersection area with suggestions the situation has worsened since the closure of the Yanchep Beach Rd entry to Yanchep National Park.

Damage to the entry off Yanchep Beach Rd during the Yanchep bushfire, which started on December 11 last year, resulted in the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions closing the road.

This has meant that traffic, which once entered the park off Yanchep Beach Rd, now has to first get onto Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr to enter the national park.

Another issue is when drivers on Old Yanchep Rd reach the Indian Ocean Dr intersection there is a T junction sign opposite them but they may not realise the main entry-exit of the Yanchep National Park is just to the left of the Old Yanchep Rd street sign.

The approach to the T junction has a give way sign so some drivers may be looking right and then already heading left before they realise a car is already turning right out of the national park.

But statistics provided by Main Roads WA show there have been no crashes recorded at the Yanchep National Park entry on Indian Ocean Dr during the past five years to December 31, 2019.

Main Roads WA media manager Dean Roberts said during the same period there had been six crashes at the Old Yanchep Rd intersection with Indian Ocean Drive where only major property damage (greater than $3000) was involved.

Drivers on Old Yanchep Rd turning left onto Indian Ocean Dr see a T junction sign opposite them but may not realise the Yanchep National Park main exit is just to the left of the Old Yanchep Rd street sign. Picture: Anita McInnes

Some residents have complained to Yanchep News Online about the Yanchep Beach Rd intersection with Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr.

Mr Roberts said statistics for the past five years to the end of December 2019 showed a total of nine crashes, one of which required hospitalisation, three required medical attention, three involved major property damage only (greater than $3000) and one involved minor property damage only (less than $3000).

The section of Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr between Lacey Rd and just north of Old Yanchep Rd is now the responsibility of Main Roads WA and not the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.

Main Roads WA there had been two traffic counters in place on or near this section of Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr in recent years.

One traffic counter was just south of Lacey Rd (in 2014-2016 and 2017-18) and another was located north of Old Yanchep Rd (24/7 from 2014 until April 2020).

The Main Roads WA traffic map showed that in 2017-2018 on average 5455 vehicles (91.8 per cent cars and 8.2 per cent trucks) used Yanchep Beach Rd from Monday to Friday.

Wanneroo Rd south of Yanchep Beach Rd (near Pipidinny Rd) recorded 9337 vehicles on average Monday to Friday in 2017-18.

Of that total 87.1 per cent were cars and 12.9 per cent were trucks.

The most recent accident in the Wanneroo Rd-Indian Ocean Dr intersection area where emergency services attended that Yanchep News Online is aware of happened on July 8.