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Perth City Traffic Plan

Graham Marshall - Sunday, April 01, 2012

In a radical move to cut traffic accidents in Perth, the Barnett Government today announced its plan to remove all traffic lights in the city and replace them with roundabouts.

This radical idea comes after a three year trial in Aprilograd - a Russian city with a population roughly the same size as Perth - in which offset and side-impact crashes were reduced by 75% following the removal of that city's traffic lights.

Speaking at the press announcement today, Main Roads WA spokesperson Youva Bin Had told Journalists "Ever since we put in the first traffic light in 1952 at the East Perth subway, experts have known we'd make a big mistake.  It might have taken 60 years to correct the mistake, but the Barnett Government is to be commended for taking this hard decision".

Work on ripping out Perth's traffic light system is expected to start on April 1st 2013 and take about 4 years and 3 billion dollars to complete.

At the Risk Tool Box, we're all in favour of anything that makes the roads safer. 


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