Bussell Highway stretching Capel to Busselton named fifth most dangerous road in WA

Narrow lanes and a lack of opportunity to overtake has seen the stretch of road between Capel and Busselton on Bussell Highway named regional WA's fifth most dangerous road. Photo: iStock
Narrow lanes and a lack of opportunity to overtake has seen the stretch of road between Capel and Busselton on Bussell Highway named regional WA's fifth most dangerous road. Photo: iStock

The RAC has named a stretch of road between Capel and Busselton on Bussell Highway as the fifth riskiest in regional Western Australia. 

The results of the RAC Risky Roads survey were released on Wednesday with more than 6000 nominations received from the public.

The survey noted the stretch of road on Bussell Highway posed a risk to commuters due to narrow lanes and bridges and a lack of overtaking opportunities. 

The intersection of Busselton Bypass and Fairway Drive ranked fourth on the list of riskiest intersections for inadequate crossing or turning opportunity.

Coming in at sixth riskiest is the intersection of Bussell Highway and Walcliffe Road in Margaret River for inadequate crossing or turning opportunity and pedestrian issues.

Additionally, the intersection of Cyrilliean Way and Dunn Bay Road in Dunsborough ranked seventh riskiest for confusing road layout, inadequate crossing or turning opportunity and pedestrian issues.

RAC general manager for corporate affairs Will Golsby said 2016 claimed the worst fatality rate in eight years with a total of 194 deaths and many more seriously injured.  

“The latest Risky Roads results have highlighted the urgent need for all major parties to commit to addressing the community’s concerns by increasing road funding ahead of the March 11 state election," Mr Golsby said. 

“Western Australia has an $845 million road maintenance backlog and also has one of the worst road fatality rates in the country.

“As we head in to a State Election, RAC is calling on the next sate government to address WA’s poor road safety record by reducing the road maintenance backlog by at least 30 per cent over the next four years.” 

Vasse MP Libby Mettam last Friday told the Mail preparation works for the dual carriageway works on the highway had secured funding and she was confident the project would progress to completion.