Dread over ‘rat race’ pro­posal

Canning Times - - NEWS - Jaime Shurmer

FLEM­ING Av­enue res­i­dent Lisa Dorst fears sub­ur­ban ar­eas could be­come a ‘rat race’ if a pro­posal to re­open Flem­ing Av­enue and Civic Gar­dens to buses goes ahead.

She said the streets were orig­i­nally closed off for en­vi­ron­men­tal rea­sons to re­duce pol­lu­tion wash­ing from the Wharf Street drain.

The pro­posed new route would save bus com­muters about two min­utes, Mrs Dorst said.

Pub­lic com­ment on the ‘pro­posed bus route and ideas for 7-9 Ge­orge Street West, Can­ning­ton’ is open un­til Oc­to­ber 3.

A meet­ing on Septem­ber 26 was at­tended by about 100 peo­ple and in­cluded staff from the City of Can­ning, Pub­lic Trans­port Au­thor­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and one coun­cil­lor.

The City’s pro­posal says the bus route was iden­ti­fied in the In­te­grated Trans­port Strat­egy 2015 be­tween Man­ning Road and Al­bany High­way.

The change would en­able buses to avoid a con­gested sec­tion of Al­bany High­way and travel from Man­ning Road to the high­way via Flem­ing Av­enue, link­ing to Civic Gar­dens and con­tin­u­ing to Can­ning City Cen­tre via Rich­mond Street. Ben­e­fits from the reroute would in­clude ser­vice re­li­a­bil­ity and travel time re­duc­tions for bus ser­vices 72, 100 and 509, with 34 con­tin­u­ing to use Al­bany High­way. Peo­ple at the meet­ing were told about 214 bus ser­vices were ex­pected to use the route.

One lo­cal said other traf­fic could fol­low suit as cars reg­u­larly went down her street only to re­alise they could not get through.

Long term op­tions for a for­mer bowls club in the area are con­sid­ered as part of the pro­posal.

The build­ing will be de­mol­ished within the next two months and de­ter­mi­na­tion of what will go on the site long term will in­volve fur­ther com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion.

If ap­proved, the road in­fra­struc­ture will start within the next 18 months.

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Raye Lim, Tomen Sukis, Ge­orge Beacroft with Dev, Emiko Gorey, Sara Gorey, Steven Le with Mil­lie and Hima, Zeyn Lim and Siti Jo­hari.

The pro­posed new bus route.

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