Parties re­veal fixes for con­ges­tion

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

WA’S MA­JOR po­lit­i­cal parties have re­vealed their plans to re­duce con­ges­tion around Vic­to­ria Park.

La­bor says it wants to re­move the Oats Street level cross­ing and three other level cross­ings on the Ar­madale and Mid­land lines as part of stage one of its Metronet pro­ject.

Plan­ning would com­mence in 2017, with con­struc­tion to take place in 2019-2020 with value cap­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties to be in­den­ti­fied and fund­ing raised off­set­ting the cost .

La­bor said the method of re­mov­ing the level cross­ing would be fi­nalised once plan­ning works be­gun.

Vic­to­ria Park MLA Ben Wy­att said the rail cross­ing at Oats Street was one of the worst traf­fic hotspots in his elec­torate.

“It is a con­stant source of frus­tra­tion for the thou­sands of peo­ple who use is on a reg­u­lar ba­sis,” he said.

“By re­mov­ing this cross­ing, traf­fic will be able to flow freely along Oats Street, with­out the in­ter­fer­ence of the train line.

“I am also ex­cited by the opportunity for the rede­vel­op­ment of the Oats street sta­tion.

“The ex­ist­ing sta­tion is old and is not fit for pur­pose.”

Lib­eral can­di­date for Vic­to­ria Park Ju­lian Ja­cobs said he be­lieved any over­pass or tun­nels on the Ar­madale-Thorn­lie rail­way line that could be built would ease con­ges­tion but be­lieved it would have to be fully costed.

“Cur­rently the La­bor plan for Oats Street lacks cost­ings, en­gi­neer­ing de­tails, fund­ing and a con­crete time frame for works to be com­pleted,” he said.

“They can’t tell you what they are go­ing to do be­cause they don’t know them­selves.”

Mr Ja­cobs said he sup­ported cre­at­ing more ded­i­cated cy­cle paths and the widen­ing of Shep­per­ton Road to six lanes.

“I also sup­port a widen­ing of Shelly Bridge, as this has been a bot­tle­neck in­hibit­ing res­i­dents’ move­ment for too long,” he said.

“I also look for­ward to see­ing the added ben­e­fits to ease con­ges­tion of the con­tin­ued roll-out of the traf­fic sig­nal tim­ing im­prove­ment pro­ject along ma­jor roads in the area such as Can­ning High­way and Shep­per­ton Road.”

Greens can­di­date for Vic­to­ria Park Ryan Quinn said the Greens Tran­sit City plan sought to cre­ate a multi-modal, in­ter­con­nected trans­port net­work for Perth that en­cour­aged users to seek al­ter­na­tive modes of trans­port.

“For Vic­to­ria Park, the Greens plan will see the devel­op­ment of a light rail net­work from the city, down Al­bany High­way and con­clud­ing at Curtin Univer­sity,” he said.

“The use of a bus-rapid net­work down Or­rong Road, Man­ning Road and along Hill View Ter­race will pro­vide ad­di­tional high fre­quency op­tions for res­i­dents.

“Build­ing more roads is not work­ing, so let’s in­vest in de­vel­op­ing a world-class pub­lic trans­port sys­tem, cy­cling net­work and freight rail net­work.” TIRED of con­tin­u­ally be­ing let down by “bro­ken State Gov­ern­ment prom­ises,” Fiona Reid has de­cided to take mat­ters into her own hands and run as an In­de­pen­dent can­di­date in South Perth.

As a City of South Perth coun­cil­lor since 2011, she says she is tak­ing a stand for a bet­ter deal for South Perth, an elec­torate she has been a life­time mem­ber of.

"Be­ing a po­lit­i­cally safe seat, I feel our com­mu­nity has been taken for granted for too long. Much-needed projects are con­tin­u­ally be­ing put on hold de­spite in­creas­ing de­mands on our com­mu­nity,” she said.

"This is more than about win­ning an elec­tion, it is about putting our com­mu­nity first. “No mat­ter who is elected my in­de­pen­dent nom­i­na­tion is about send­ing a strong mes­sage to the ma­jor po­lit­i­cal parties that no vote is guar­an­teed.

"To­gether we can make a dif­fer­ence and now is the time to send that mes­sage"

Ms Reid in­tends to ad­vo­cate for a in­de­pen­dent re­view of WA Plan­ning and re­form of Devel­op­ment As­sess­ment Pan­els (DAPs) to en­sure com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion is mean­ing­ful. Ms Reid is striv­ing to get the sup­port of the South Perth com­mu­nity to ad­dress a slate of on­go­ing is­sues which in­clude: The con­struc­tion South Perth's train sta­tion; The build­ing of a south-bound free­way en­try from Man­ning Road; Com­plet­ing the un­der­ground power pro­gram; The widen­ing of Can­ning High­way; Im­prov­ing pub­lic trans­port links such as Can­ning Bridge, Con­nect­ing all of Como to the Na­tional Broad­band Net­work.

The Greens’ Ryan Quinn.

The Lib­er­als’ Ju­lian Ja­cobs.

Vic Park MLA Ben Wy­att.

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