Melville Times - - Opinion -

WE need so­lu­tions to traffic con­ges­tion south of the river for com­muters be­sides freight. Thus far the only fea­si­ble so­lu­tion is Roe 8. This was re­searched by two City of Cock­burn in­de­pen­dent re­ports in 2006 and 2013, fol­lowed by the South West Group of Coun­cils; all val­i­dat­ing Main Roads De­part­ment.

The al­ter­na­tive put forth is Leach High­way. Imag­ine Leach High­way with ex­tended road works and lanes re­duced as oc­curred with the Kwinana Free­way south­bound.

The outer har­bour is seen as the great saviour. It does not cater for tens of thou­sands of work­ers, ser­vice providers, goods de­liv­er­ies and cus­tomers as­so­ci­ated with high em­ploy­ment ac­tiv­i­ties off North Lake Road, Stock Road and the AMC at Hen­der­son.

The 2013 Dis­trict Traffic Study by Arup had the wisdom to do an anal­y­sis "with" and "with­out" Roe 8 and its af­fects on the pro­posed North Lake Road by­pass-over­pass.

It is clearly shown that Roe 8 would have more af­fect in re­duc­ing daily traffic. A 17,500 ve­hi­cle re­duc­tion by Roe 8 in front of Gate­ways in Suc­cess ver­sus 9000. Even the by­pass would have a 7500 ve­hi­cle traffic re­duc­tion by 2031.

The road car­nage will mean blood on the hands of McGowan and co. STEVE PORTELLI, Au­bin Grove.

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