Lib­er­als prom­ise to fix road black spots

Comment News (Gosnells) - - State Election '17 - Fran­cis Curro

THE Lib­eral Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced a se­ries of road up­grades as part of their cam­paign in­clud­ing fix­ing a dan­ger­ous in­ter­sec­tion near a lo­cal school.

Trea­surer Mike Na­han joined South­ern River MLA Peter Abetz in an­nounc­ing sev­eral projects and more than $8 mil­lion in fund­ing if the Lib­eral party wins the March elec­tion.

The party has promised a $7 mil­lion ex­ten­sion of Gar­den Street from Harpen­den Street through to South­ern River Road, slow points on Bal­four and Bullfinch streets and a pre-de­flec­tion at South­ern River Road and Cham­ber­lain Street to be in­stalled.

Mr Abetz also an­nounced a left­pocket turn at the in­ter­sec­tions of War­ton Road and Gar­den Street and Fur­ley Road and War­ton Road at a cost of about $250,000.” He said there were 20 recorded crashes at the in­ter­sec­tion of Fur­ley and War­ton roads and 35 recorded crashes at War­ton Road and Gar­den Street be­tween 2010-15.

The in­ter­sec­tions are near Thorn­lie Chris­tian Col­lege and prin­ci­pal Bill In­ness said they had been pray­ing for these up­grades.

“We have had a num­ber of ac­ci­dents there,” he said. “We wanted that when the orig­i­nal War­ton Road in­ter­sec­tion was done.”

Mr Abetz said even though these im­prove­ments may seem mi­nor, they would make a huge dif­fer­ence. “Most ex­cit­ing is the $7 mil­lion ex­ten­sion of Gar­den Street from Harpen­den Street through to South­ern River Road,” he said.

La­bor can­di­date for South­ern River Terry Healy said the Thorn­lie to Cock­burn train line ex­ten­sion would be built by 2021.

“The first stage of the Metronet Cir­cle Line will pro­vide the first east-west rail link, mean­ing com­muters do not have to travel into the CBD to con­nect to other suburbs,” he said.

“WA La­bor’s plan for the south­ern suburbs will bust con­ges­tion and ser­vice the rapidly grow­ing suburbs with a di­rect con­nec­tion to Metronet,” he said.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme d465079

Peter Abetz and Mike Na­han with stu­dents Beane de Wet, Jared Sa­muel, El­iz­a­beth Lock­wood, Cal­lum Barr (back) Kate­lyn Soon and Neil Becker.

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