Now that Term 1 is underway, traffic in the vicinity of the School has increased and, unfortunately, so have issues of traffic management. It is therefore timely to provide a reminder and update about our local roads:
- The most contentious is the School zone on Alison Ave in front of the Senior School. The roadways around the School are managed by the City of Marion and we respectfully ask that you observe the traffic/parking signs of which there are many. There is a long bus zone in front of the Senior School (8.00 to 9.00 am and then again 3.00 to 4.00 pm, Mon to Fri). There are a number of ‘no parking’ areas – some zoned with different times and some without. Additionally, there are some signed as ‘no stopping’ zones. There are also driveways with yellow lines marking the clearance required. Please be respectful of our local community by observing the signage and road lines so as not to block driveways while you are waiting. The City of Marion handles community complaints and these will lead to more parking inspector visits at peak times. Since the start of Term 1, there have already been two visits in this vicinity. It is also a school zone of 25 km/h when children are present so to avoid any infringement notices, please observe all signage and road markings.
- Another area of concern is in Minchinbury Tce that runs along the northern side of the railway line. Minchinbury forms part of the cycle track so carries many cyclists of all ages. Around the Marion railway station, where cars are often parked, access can be narrowed so if you use this road to drop off or collect your child, please be mindful of your speed and manoeuvres to avoid parked vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. We understand the City of Marion has also been alerted to issues of compromised safety in this area.
- While the 400 Block is being demolished, we have engaged an independent traffic management firm to assist in the narrowed stretch of Alison Ave between the Shetland Ave roundabout and the Orkney Ave junction to manage movement in and out of Gate 3a, the entry to the demolition/construction zone. Again, please observe any temporary or permanent signage and traffic instruction in this area.
- Once in the School grounds, you will note that new signage has been installed to remind us all that the speed limit is 10 km/h. Please also note that there are some additional speed humps and a new stop sign has been installed at the end of the roadway between the Murray Centre and Chapel.
Your care and consideration of all who use our grounds and those who live in our local community will be greatly appreciated by everyone in and around Westminster School.
As we are in regular discussions with the City of Marion, if you would like to contribute any constructive feedback about improving traffic management in our surrounding streets, please contact Communications Manager Peter Trenorden (’77), E: firstname.lastname@example.org
The City of Marion have also produced a brochure which explains the various parking restriction signs and their meaning, which can be downloaded below.