As­so­ci­a­tion to fight link

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

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