Anger at road ex­ten­sion de­lay

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By JON BAS­SETT

MOS­MAN Park Mayor Ron Nor­ris is an­gry his coun­cil may have to help pay for an ex­ten­sion of Welling­ton Street un­der the Fre­man­tle rail­way line, re­plac­ing the nearby danger­ous Vic­to­ria Street level cross­ing.

“It’s ap­palling that this long­planned project, around which the coun­cil has tried to ac­com­mo­date its for­ward res­i­den­tial plan­ning for the past four to five years, is now slip­ping fur­ther into the fu­ture,” Mr Nor­ris said. He said that when Main Roads WA pre­vi­ously sought opin­ion on the project, his coun­cil had not been told it may need to help fund the ex­ten­sion through to the Curtin Av­enue truck and com­muter route.

The ex­ten­sion would also solve the “ac­ci­dent wait­ing to hap­pen” at Vic­to­ria Street, where a train hit a truck on March 5.

Af­ter the crash, a Main Roads spokes­woman said $40 mil­lion “al­lo­cated” by the State Gov­ern­ment to re­align Curtin Av­enue in­cluded ex­tend­ing Welling­ton Street un­der the rail­way line and closing the level cross­ing by mid-2019.

The money is not in the 2014-15 State Bud­get, but a Main Roads spokes­woman said Curtin Av­enue was a lo­cal gov­ern­ment road and Welling­ton Street’s ex­ten­sion would be in Main Roads’ “de­liv­ery of ser­vices” be­tween 2016-17 and 2018-19.

“At this stage, the Welling­ton Street ex­ten­sion is a pro­posal to be con­firmed in fu­ture dis­cus­sions be­tween the State Gov­ern­ment and the lo­cal coun­cil,” she said.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said $40 mil­lion “com­mit­ted” from 2016-17 to 2018-19 to re­align Curtin Av­enue in­cluded an “op­tion” to ex­tend Welling­ton Street and re­move the level cross­ing.

Mr Nalder said the ex­ten­sion would be a lo­cal road, so the Gov­ern­ment would con­trib­ute to the cost of the project.

Op­po­si­tion trans­port spokesman Ken Travers said “de­liv­ery of ser­vices” in­di­cated the Welling­ton Street project would also be des­ig­nated a lo­cal road, to which the coun­cil would have to con­trib­ute funds.

Mr Travers said he could not find the ex­ten­sion in Main Roads’ 10-Year As­set Plan and Vic­to­ria Street was not listed in a Depart­ment of Trans­port Au­gust 2013 sched­ule of cross­ings to be shut by 2031.

“A long-term in­fra­struc­ture plan should in­clude the or­derly re­moval of danger­ous level cross­ings, based on the ben­e­fit-cost ra­tio for each project," Mr Travers said.

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Subiaco Mu­seum cu­ra­tor Erica Boyne with the St An­drew’s Church hon­our roll, which forms a part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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