Cut­tings con­sid­ered

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

SWAN­BOURNE res­i­dents next to a high­way cut­ting car­ry­ing trucks say south­ern sub­urbs’ res­i­dents fac­ing Perth Freight Link (PFL) cut­tings and fly­overs should in­sist on suit­able de­signs.

“Just don’t let them bull-ride over you and have a say on the fi­nal prod­uct,” Serve­tus Street res­i­dent Sylvia Peter­son said.

The State Gov­ern­ment es­ti­mates cut­tings and fly­overs to elim­i­nate stop lights will shorten Fre­man­tle Port con­tainer truck trips by nine min­utes on the mooted $2.5 bil­lion toll route.

Most Swan­bourne res­i­dents who spoke to the Western Sub­urbs Weekly said they now liked the 1.5km West Coast High­way cut­ting that cost $29.7 mil­lion in 1999, in­clud­ing sound-dead­en­ing bricks and 2.8m bound­ary walls that were in­stalled af­ter they lob­bied Cottes­loe MLA Colin Bar­nett, who is not ex­pected to at­tend a Cottes­loe PFL fo­rum next Tues­day.

“But we’re up high and look over the cut­ting and it’s not that bad, but if you were fur­ther down the hill or right close to it, it would be aw­ful,” Serve­tus Street res­i­dent Pa­trick Gillespie said.

Cottes­loe res­i­dents fought against the cut­ting’s dual car­riage­way go­ing south into their sub­urb through Curtin Av­enue, where it now bot­tle­necks.

The Gov­ern­ment has al­lo­cated $40 mil­lion to move the av­enue 3.5km fur­ther south to near the port, po­ten­tially leav­ing Cottes­loe be­tween up­graded sec­tions of a long-mooted coastal high­way that crit­ics fear could be built for trucks avoid­ing the PFL’s toll.

PFL op­po­nent and Cottes­loe coun­cil­lor Sally Pyvis said while the “costly” Swan­bourne cut­ting had im­proved some amenity, Curtin Av­enue’s up­grade could be “cheap and cheer­less” with tilt-up con­crete sound bar­ri­ers.

The route is used by 1121 trucks daily and could in­crease to 3363 2030.

Curtin Univer­sity trans­port re­searcher Cole Hen­dri­gan said by us­ing “ba­sic en­gi­neer­ing” he es­ti­mated the PFL would be 20m30m deep through Royal Fre­man­tle Golf Course in East Fre­man­tle.

“This may seem alarmist, but with­out some sort of public dis­clo­sure we are left to guess how they will engi­neer their trench in a com­plex ur­ban and topo­graph­i­cal set­ting,” Mr Hen­dri­gan said.

Main Roads WA did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment be­fore dead­line.

The PFL Fo­rum will be held at the Cottes­loe Civic Cen­tre on Septem­ber 1 from 5.30pm.

Trucks and traf­fic in Swan­bourne’s cut­ting last week. Right: Cole Hen­dri­gan’s im­pres­sion of how the PFL will dou­ble Stir­ling Bridge, feed­ing into the western sub­urbs.

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