Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

IN answer to Dr Mike Bam­ford and Frank Cherry, ‘Rally for rail’ in last week's South­ern Gazette, with­draw­ing the Roe 8 con­tracts means that this road of na­tional im­por­tance will not be com­pleted and the mas­sive in­vest­ment by suc­ces­sive gov­ern­ments to link to Fre­man­tle Port will fail.

Roe High­way will re­duce traf­fic vol­umes by over 25 per cent on South Street and Leach High­way.

With­out Roe High­way pub­lic trans­port up­grades are not an op­tion.

There will sim­ply be too much traf­fic on South Street and Leach High­way to in­tro­duce light rail or rapid bus tran­sit.

More freight on rail is not an al­ter­na­tive as 95 per cent of con­tain­ers are un­packed within the Perth metro area, so the ex­tra han­dling and trans­port costs in­volved would be un­vi­able for both busi­nesses and con­sumers.

Even if 100 per cent of freight on rail was pos­si­ble, Roe High­way would be still be needed to cope with fu­ture pro­jected traf­fic vol­umes trav­el­ling to and from Fre­man­tle.

The com­ple­tion of Roe High­way will com­plete the Perth Freight Link, 2400 work­ers will be di­rectly em­ployed and $10 bil­lion gen­er­ated for the lo­cal econ­omy.

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