Pub­lic trans­port key to eas­ing con­ges­tion

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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.

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