Brear­ley Av­enue to close for train sta­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - PENINSULA SNAPSHOT -

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.

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