Association to fight link
COTTESLOE Ratepayers and Residents Association will oppose the Perth Freight Link (PFL).
“We overwhelmingly reject the PFL because it will mean more trucks through Curtin Avenue and Stirling Highway, more polluting particles from diesel fumes, destruction of wetlands south of Fremantle, rejection of decades of planning for a new port in Kwinana, and the State and Federal governments putting roads ahead of rail to carry containers,” association chair John Hammond said.
Rail should take more containers, he said, and work should start on a new Kwinana port and a $200 million freight bridge across the Swan River.
Last year, Main Roads WA found trucks made up about 6.5 per cent of vehicles on Curtin Avenue.
Regulations allow trailer combinations up to 27.5m, and a similar limit exists on Stirling Highway through North Fremantle.
“Container traffic makes up a very small percentage of total traffic on either route, so banning container traffic would have no effect on the planning for either route,” a Main Roads spokesman said.
John Hammond, Pam Rattigan, Peter Rattigan, Sally Pyvis and Sandy Bolter represent Cottesloe ratepayers against the Perth Freight Link.