A key objective within the City of Perth’s Transport Strategy is the aspiration to develop a more walkable and pedestrian friendly City. The City has a number of initiatives in place to achieve this objective, including a study to reduce waiting times for pedestrians at signalised intersections.

As part of this study, the City and MRWA are planning to make improvements to several intersections in the CBD to lower traffic signal cycle times which will reduce waiting times for pedestrians.  These improvements follow on from changes made to the signals at Elizabeth Quay last year where cycle times were lowered resulting in reduced delays to pedestrian and vehicles.

On the evening of Sunday 22 April, the following changes will be made to the Wellington Street / Barrack Street and Roe Street / Beaufort Street intersections:

  • Reduced traffic signal cycle times at both intersections to a maximum of 120 seconds
  • Changes to the signal sequencing at the Roe Street / Beaufort Street intersection
  • Flashing yellow caution lights to warn motorists that pedestrians are crossing
  • Banned right turn from Barrack Street Bridge (south) into Roe Street (east)
  • Filter right turn from Beaufort Street (north) into Roe Street (west) 

On the evening of Sunday 29 April, the following changes will be made to the Wellington Street / William Street intersection:

  • Reduced traffic signal cycle time to a maximum of 120 seconds
  • Changes to the signal sequencing so William Street and Horseshoe Bridge run together
  • Flashing yellow caution lights to warn motorists that pedestrians are crossing
  • Banned left turn from Horseshoe Bridge (north) to Wellington Street (east)
  • Changes to the lane usage and markings on the Horseshoe Bridge (north) 

Pedestrians are advised to take extra caution at these intersections while people become accustomed to the new traffic signal sequences in operation.  Pedestrians should only cross the road during the pedestrian green man signal when it is displayed to them.

Motorists should also approach these intersections in an alert, safe and courteous manner and follow the new traffic signal sequences and new banned turns.  Left and right turning vehicles should also give way to crossing pedestrians where required.

For more information about these improvements, please email info@cityofperth.wa.gov.au or call (08) 9461 3333.  Further information on the City’s Transport Strategy is available by clicking here.