No stop­ping in­ter­change

COM­MU­NITY CON­CERNS SIDE­LINED

Wanneroo Times - - News - Lucy Jarvis

A WAN­NEROO Road in­ter­change is an elec­tion prom­ise the State Gov­ern­ment in­tends to keep de­spite com­mu­nity con­cerns, Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti says.

Res­i­dents of a Wan­neroo re­tire­ment vil­lage are among those voic­ing con­cerns about the im­pact of the $50 mil­lion in­ter­change on ac­cess to their homes and to bus ser­vices.

Re­gents Gar­den Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Sue Bray said ac­cess to the re­tire­ment vil­lage on Drovers Place would be af­fected by up­grades to the Wan­neroo Road-Joon­dalup Drive in­ter­sec­tion.

“We are very dis­turbed about it and there’s been no con­sul­ta­tion,” she said.

Ms Saf­fi­oti said the over­pass was a key 2017 State Elec­tion com­mit­ment and con­sul­ta­tion so far in­cluded four com­mu­nity li­ai­son group meet­ings, project news­let­ters and shop­ping cen­tre dis­plays.

“I un­der­stand there are some com­mu­nity con­cerns and we are hop­ing to ad­dress these through fur­ther con­sul­ta­tion,” she said.

“This project was well sup­ported dur­ing the elec­tion cam­paign and is part of an over­all pack­age of works to help re­duce con­ges­tion in our north­ern sub­urbs.

“There is sig­nif­i­cant pop­u­la­tion growth in the Wan­neroo dis­trict and growth of Neer­abup in­dus­trial es­tate will see even more pres­sure at this in­ter­sec­tion over com­ing years.”

Mrs Bray said if the rightin, right-out turns into Drovers Place were closed, it would re­strict ac­cess for am­bu­lances com­ing from Joon­dalup.

She said re­tirees were also con­cerned about the im­pact the in­ter­change would have on bus ser­vices.

“They are tak­ing away the bus stop – the peo­ple who don’t drive, what are they sup­posed to do?” she said.

Res­i­dents Willy Fisher and Rhonda Thomas use the bus to get to Joon­dalup reg­u­larly and said many of the re­tirees would be stuck with­out it.

Ja­son Boyer, of Tap­ping, wanted to know where the 390 bus route would go if right turns were re­moved at St Stephens Cres­cent.

Public Trans­port Author­ity spokesman David Hynes said Transperth was work­ing closely with Main Roads WA and route 390 was likely to be af­fected.

“Out­bound ser­vices will not be able to ac­cess St Stephens Cres­cent,” he said.

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