Brearley Avenue to close for train station
TRANSPORT Minister Dean Nalder has confirmed Brearley Avenue will be closed east of First Street by the end of this year to allow for construction of the new Belmont railway station.
The section between Great Eastern Highway and First Street will remain open for local traffic until Main Roads reports back to the Minister on access options in the second quarter of 2017.
Mr Nalder told State Parliament last Thursday that one of the options could potentially improve access at Boulder Avenue.
He said he understood the concerns of local residents, but the decision to close the road was final.
He said Brearley Avenue needed to be closed because of the construction of the Belmont railway station, to reduce congestion at Great Eastern Highway and support the DA6 revitalisation, development and planning potential of the area.
Belmont MLA Glenys Godfrey said she supported Brearley Avenue remaining open for local access.
“Should that not be possible due to planning and traffic management issues, I ask that another option be made available to improve the access into DA6,” she said.
Ms Godfrey said Boulder Avenue would be the next option for an intersection that allowed access into the DA6 from Great Eastern Highway, considering that the City of Belmont’s plan already accounted for the link between Boulder and Kanowna avenues.
Meanwhile, Belmont councillors will consider a staff recommendation at its meeting tonight for the City to not support Brearley Avenue remaining open between Great Eastern Highway and First Street on planning and traffic grounds.
The recommendation is in response to calls by 35 residents at the special electors meeting on April 26 for the City and Mr Nalder to review Brearley Avenue remaining open to serve the local community.
At the meeting, residents expressed concerns about the impact of the closure on adjacent streets, creating ‘rat runs’ and traffic chaos through the area.