Go­ing un­der­ground

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park has floated tun­nelling Shep­per­ton Road and sink­ing parts of the Ar­madale and Thorn­lie rail­way lines as part of a trans­port strat­egy.

THE tun­nelling of Shep­per­ton Road and the sink­ing of parts of the Ar­madale and Thorn­lie rail­way lines were two ideas sub­mit­ted by the Town of Vic­to­ria Park to a State Gov­ern­ment trans­port strat­egy.

The tun­nelling of Or­rong Road from Great Eastern High­way to Leach High­way was also sup­ported by the coun­cil at a meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 11 for the gov­ern­ment’s draft Perth Trans­port Plan - Trans­port @ 3.5 mil­lion.

Town of Vic­to­ria Park chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer An­thony Vuleta said the ben­e­fit of tun­nelling the Shep­per­ton Road would help cre­ate a safer pedes­trian en­vi­ron­ment and give cy­clists and pub­lic trans­port, while giv­ing peo­ple a faster route into the city.

“Widen­ing of roads cre­ates a bar­rier ef­fect for the com­mu­nity and tun­nelling in­stead of widen­ing would mit­i­gate that ef­fect and al­low com­mu­nity con­nec­tiv­ity at the sur­face level,” he said.

“As it is a higher or­der strate­gic plan, the tun­nelling of Shep­per­ton Road is a prin­ci­ple that may in­clude all of Shep­per­ton Road; how­ever no spe­cific de­tails have been dis­cussed.

“In ad­di­tion to the ben­e­fits noted for Shep­per­ton Road, sink­ing of the rail­way line would re­solve the is­sues cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enced with level cross­ings both in terms of safety and ef­fi­ciency of ser­vice.

As the fre­quency of rail ser­vices in­creases, level cross­ings will need to be re­moved to al­low traf­fic flows across the rail line as boom gates would need to be down most of the time to al­low for trains to pass.

The idea of lob­by­ing the Lib­eral and La­bor par­ties ahead of the State elec­tion in March as well mak­ing sure the pub­lic un­der­stood the coun­cil’s po­si­tion was also dis­cussed at the meet­ing.

“It’s im­por­tant that a long term trans­port plan is de­vel­oped for the Perth and Peel re­gion that is sup­ported by both sides of pol­i­tics,” Mr Vuleta said.

“This is to en­sure that a co­he­sive trans­port sys­tem is im­ple­mented over the next 40plus years based on a shared vi­sion for a city of 3.5 mil­lion peo­ple and be­yond.

“It’s also vi­tal that a num­ber of is­sues for the Town are un­der­stood by its com­mu­nity and pur­sued to the com­mu­nity’s ben­e­fit.

An­thony Vuleta.

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