Simple plan for WA traffic

Yellow box junctions to be trialled at four busy Perth intersections to keep buses moving

An innovative yet simple initiative aimed at encouraging safe driving may help Perth’s bus network flow more freely.

Yellow boxes will be painted on each intersection to remind motorists not to enter the marked area unless their exit from the intersection is clear, to deter motorists from stopping within intersections and blocking other vehicle movements.

Western Australain (WA) transport minister Dean Nalder says yellow box junctions were used successfully around the world to show the extent of an intersection and indicate the area where drivers should not stop.

"We will be trialling two types of yellow box junctions to determine which line markings are most effective in reminding drivers of the road rules," he says.

"I get feedback from motorists about them being frustrated when they are at a green light, but cannot move because a motorist has entered an intersection, without being able to exit, and is blocking their progress.

"This trial will be important to reinforce the message not to enter an intersection unless they can exit it."

The yellow boxes have already been painted at intersections in Applecross, North Fremantle, Glendalough and Leederville.

The initiative is part of the WA Government Traffic Congestion Management Program, which looks at getting the most out of current infrastructure to keep traffic moving.

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