No stopping interchange
COMMUNITY CONCERNS SIDELINED
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.