Truckies warn on route alternatives
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.