Train ser­vice con­cerns

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION - Aaron Cor­lett

THE City of South Perth has called on the State Gov­ern­ment to com­mit funds for a train sta­tion in South Perth af­ter a ReachTEL poll showed com­mu­nity sup­port.

Of the 762 local res­i­dents sur­veyed in South Perth, Como and Kens­ing­ton, 68.5 per cent were in favour of the train sta­tion while 16.4 per cent were op­posed to it and 15.1 per cent were un­de­cided.

Res­i­dents were also asked how of­ten they would use the train sta­tion, with 9.4 per cent say­ing they would use it most days, 21 per cent would use it once per week, 31 per cent would use it once a month, 19.9 per cent would use it once per year and 19.1 per cent said they would never use it.

City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said she be­lieved res­i­dents were con­cerned about the lack of ad­e­quate pub­lic trans­port ser­vices in the South Perth Sta­tion Precinct and the im­pact in­creased de­vel­op­ment would have on traf­fic con­ges­tion.

“With the Plan­ning Min­is­ter’s re­cent changes to Amend­ment No. 46, de­vel­op­ment within the South Perth Sta­tion Precinct will only con­tinue to intensify, yet no pro­vi­sion has been made to ac­com­mo­date the trans­port needs of the in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion,” she said.

“The Min­is­ter’s mod­i­fi­ca­tions make it even more dif­fi­cult for the City to ac­cu­rately and holis­ti­cally plan for in­fra­struc­ture, park­ing, traf­fic and trans­port as we sim­ply can­not pre­dict the scale of fu­ture de­vel­op­ments.

“The 2011 South Perth Train Sta­tion Precinct Plan as­sumed a to­tal res­i­dent pop­u­la­tion of around 1700, in the Precinct and by June 2016, there were al­ready over 2000 peo­ple liv­ing in the greater area.”

With the num­ber of de­vel­op­ments sched­uled for con­struc­tion over the com­ing years, these num­bers will con­tinue to rise rapidly, Ms Doherty said.

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