Shop­ping strip not for light rail: re­port

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

SU­BI­ACO’S main shop­ping strips were ruled out for fu­ture light rail trans­port at a com­mit­tee meet­ing last week.

Mayor Heather Hen­der­son said Thomas Street would be the only suit­able lo­ca­tion for light rail once Hay Street was changed to two-way traf­fic in 2017.

The In­te­grated Trans­port Strat­egy 2015 re­port said the State Gov­ern­ment did not in­clude Rokeby Road in its pro­posed light rail sys­tem, but the City of Su­bi­aco should not dis­count it in its long-term plan­ning.

Al­though some coun­cil­lors crit­i­cised el­e­ments of the re­port, the trans­port strat­egy was unan­i­mously ap­proved.

Mrs Hen­der­son said she wanted the mo­tion ap­proved to give staff di­rec­tion.

“We some­times sit on things un­til they’re ab­so­lutely per­fect, and that is some­times our un­do­ing,” she said. Cr Scott Ar­buckle said the strat­egy could be eas­ily changed and amended.

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