Double White Lines improve safety on Watton Street

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Jospephs Gate

Wyndham City Council has put an end to motorists turning into parks at the opposite side of Werribee’s main street with the introduction of double white lines in the middle of the road.

Council introduced the double white lines earlier this month because residents raised concerns that the crossing of Watton’s Street parking bays from the opposite side of the road was posing safety and congestion concerns.

Safer Communities Portfolio Holder Cr Kim McAliney said the change would reduce collisions and the backup of traffic on the busy street.

“The introduction of white lines means motorists are legally not permitted to cross to the other side of the road to access the angled parks and would face fines if this road rule is broken,” Cr McAliney said.

“While it may seem convenient to cross oncoming traffic to secure a nearby parking spot on Watton Street, the practice is actually quite dangerous and holds up traffic in our already busy city centre. To grab that park on the other side of the road, motorists will need to use the roundabouts to make u-turns,” Cr McAliney said.

As part of these works, the double lane at the eastern end of Watton Street has been changed to one lane to improve safety for pedestrians crossing at the zebra crossings.

 

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