Tick for cross­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

SOUTH Perth MLA John McGrath be­lieves a new east-west Swan River cross­ing ei­ther by bridge or tun­nel as an ex­ten­sion of Ber­wick Street could pro­vide an an­swer to grow­ing traf­fic con­ges­tion in the sub­urb.

The pro­posed cross­ing is part of the Perth Trans­port Plan @ 3.5 Mil­lion and Be­yond, which was un­veiled by the State Gov­ern­ment re­cently.

Un­der the plan the new river cross­ing would take traf­fic via a bridge or tun­nel to link with River­side Drive and then via a tun­nel to the western sub­urbs.

Mr McGrath said di­vert­ing River­side Drive to ac­com­mo­date El­iz­a­beth Quay had in­creased traf­fic sig­nif­i­cantly through South Perth’s ma­jor thor­ough­fares – Mill Point and Labouchere roads.

“Dur­ing peak pe­riod mo­torists have been us­ing th­ese ar­ter­ies as an al­ter­nate means of ac­cess to the CBD and be­yond,” he said.

“We must fix this con­ges­tion prob­lem. The planned new river cross­ing seems to be a practical long-term so­lu­tion.”

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