Public transport key to easing congestion
VOICING his thoughts on key transport issues in the northern corridor, North Metropolitan MLC Ken Travers said he would continue to share his transport knowledge with colleagues.
One of the key issues, he said, was getting people to use public transport.
“The number of vehicles using the Mitchell Freeway is still increasing; use of public transport has completely stalled,” he said.
He said projects to build transport infrastructure, such as rail to Yanchep, was also important for creating jobs.
“As a project, it delivers the greatest benefit of any projects in the metro area,” he said.
“The advantage of rail for developers is they can leverage that to go create higher quality jobs.”
Mr Travers said another key issue was the cost of public transport, with his partner’s SmartRider using about $20 every couple of days for train tickets and parking fees to get from Edgewater to the city.
In his electorate, he said he wanted to pursue the Ocean Reef Boat Harbour issue, which “has been used as a political football for too long”.
“It reeks of opportunity in terms of creating jobs up here, more local jobs (and) breaking into the tourism market,” he said.
Attentive to transport matters, Mr Travers said the other issue was the Perth freight link through the southern suburbs and the knock-on effects it would have north of the river. He said the government wanted to increase the number of shipping containers going through Fremantle Port from 700,000 to two million a year.
The MP said companies were more likely to head north on West Coast Highway if they had containers to deliver to the northern suburbs.
“It’s just going to make congestion around West Coast Highway and Scarborough Beach Road worse (so) all the money spent trying to beautify Scarborough is destroyed,” he said.
Instead, he said the State Government should reconsider the Stephenson Highway, proposed in the 1950s to link Fremantle and Osborne Park, although it would have implications across the western suburbs.