Verging on disaster

PARKING on verges near Maylands train station is causing accidents on Railway Parade says a local business owner.

Blackcurrant Clothing owner Catherine Ehrhardt says she sees numerous accidents every month on the busy thoroughfare.

She sent the Voice a photo this week of the latest crash, which happened when the driver of a burgundy car reversed off the verge and smacked into a silver car going past.

“I live at 205 Railway Parade and myself and family own the adjoining properties to 215,” Ms Ehrhardt says. “We have five children under eight years old that live on these sites and some days the commuter parking is so horrendous that it extends on to our side of the road making it almost impossible getting out of our own driveways, for people parking on the street and verges. I feel that it is only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt—something needs to be done.”

She has written to Bayswater city council, WA main roads and the WA public transport authority but they’re all passing the buck. A chronic lack of bays at park-and-rides across Bayswater have led to commuters parking illegally on verges and driveways, incurring fines and clogging streets.

Ms Ehrhardt sent the latest photo to staff at the council: “So, are there any plans to do anything about the commuters parking on this area?”

by STEPHEN POLLOCK

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