COST OF CANNING ROE 8 IS COLOSSAL
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.