Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION - MATTHEW WOODALL, Melville Deputy Mayor

I RE­FER to the fi­nal con­cept de­sign for the Mur­doch Drive Con­nec­tion (MDC) as an­nounced ON Jan­uary 22, 2018.

It is dis­ap­point­ing that this de­sign ap­pears to have the ef­fect of lim­it­ing traf­fic through the City of Cock­burn and in­stead forc­ing it into the City of Melville.

In par­tic­u­lar, I am con­cerned that Far­ring­ton Road east of the Kwinana Free­way will con­tinue to be used as a rat-run by peo­ple trav­el­ling in an east-west di­rec­tion.

I note that traf­fic mod­el­ling shows the de­sign will re­sult in an ad­di­tional 4000 ve­hi­cles per day on Far­ring­ton Road in Leem­ing com­pared to the orig­i­nal Main Roads de­sign.

Con­ges­tion in Leem­ing is al­ready se­vere due to the use of Far­ring­ton Road to both ac­cess and exit Roe High­way.

The pro­posed de­sign will only worsen this prob­lem and cause sig­nif­i­cant dif­fi­cul­ties for those res­i­dents of Leem­ing south of Far­ring­ton Road.

If the pro­posed de­sign is im­ple­mented as planned, con­ges­tion in Leem­ing will con­tinue to worsen and cause fur­ther dis­rup­tion to res­i­dents.

I have re­ceived a sig­nif­i­cant vol­ume of cor­re­spon­dence from Leem­ing res­i­dents who are con­cerned about con­ges­tion and the im­pact of the pro­posed de­sign.

The pro­posed de­sign could eas­ily be mod­i­fied by pro­vid­ing for twoway ac­cess be­tween Bi­bra Drive and the MDC, and Far­ring­ton Road and Mur­doch Drive.

This would prac­ti­cally elim­i­nate the need for ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling ei­ther east or west to use Far­ring­ton Road in Leem­ing to ac­cess or exit Roe High­way via Karel Av­enue.

It would also gen­er­ally improve traf­fic flow by pro­vid­ing mul­ti­ple routes for traf­fic, thereby avoid­ing bot­tle­necks.

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