Truck­ies warn on route al­ter­na­tives

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

TRUCK­IES will fight any mooted ban on con­tainer trucks through Cottes­loe’s Curtin Av­enue to stop driv­ers avoid­ing tolls on the $2 bil­lion Perth Freight Link through south­ern sub­urbs to Fre­man­tle Port.

“We would go bal­lis­tic, and so would any other tradie or builder, or shop in the north­ern sub­urbs, which uses that western sub­urbs route for de­liv­er­ies,” WA Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian King told the Western Sub­urbs Weekly.

Cottes­loe Mayor Jo Dawkins has pre­vi­ously said she would be sur­prised if the State Gov­ern­ment did not re­strict truck driv­ers from us­ing al­ter­na­tives to the PFL.

Fre­man­tle Port Au­thor­ity fig­ures that es­ti­mate port trucks will in­crease from about 3000 to about 13,200 by 2031 prompted a failed bid last month by Cottes­loe Cr Jack Walsh for his coun­cil to tell Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett that it op­posed the PFL be­cause of its po­ten­tial to put more trucks into the town.

Mr King said there was “no way” north­ern sub­urbs’ freight could avoid Curtin Av­enue and Stir­ling High­way.

But he would be “gob­s­macked” if truck num­bers on the routes in­creased more than 10 per cent in the fu­ture, be­cause north­ern sub­urbs de­mand for de­liv­er­ies had al­ready reached sat­u­ra­tion.

“What peo­ple have for­got­ten is when those roads were built they were des­ig­nated as freight routes,” he said.

He agreed with res­i­dents’ ob­ser­va­tions that con­tainer trucks used Curtin Av­enue to avoid school traf­fic and com­muter bot­tle­necks be­fore about 8am and get back to the port for a new load about lunchtime each day.

PFL plans cur­rently stop with six lanes in East Fre­man­tle, where the sub­urb’s Mayor James O’Neill said any Curtin Av­enue truck ban would be fought by other coun­cils whose traf­fic, res­i­dents’ health and amenity would be af­fected by tak­ing the banned ve­hi­cles.

How­ever, he said the PFL would cre­ate a “pseudo north-south high­way” through the western sub­urbs, as a Kwinana Free­way al­ter­na­tive.

There are PFL in­for­ma­tion ses­sions at Vic­to­ria Hall from 6pm tonight and at the Fre­man­tle Town Hall from 5.30pm on Tues­day, July 21.

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