Quick­est route will be­ing most money

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western opinion -

IN re­sponse to Julie Bishop’s com­ments in last week’s edi­tion re­gard­ing the Perth Freight Link, per­haps the Fed­eral MHR would like to con­sider the fol­low­ing sce­nario.

If I am an owner-driver of a con­tainer truck then time is of the essence for me as the quicker I can make my de­liv­ery and get back to the wharf, the more loads I can do in a day – and more loads mean more in­come for my fam­ily and me.

So if I have a con­tainer to go to Scar­bor­ough, Os­borne Park or Malaga the most di­rect route is to go up Port Beach Road then onto Curtin Av­enue through Cottes­loe and onto West Coast High­way and then swing off and up Scar­bor­ough Beach Road or Beach Road.

The quick­est route is what will bring in the most money and that is a fact of life.

That is the cold hard fact of why, if the Bar­nett Gov­ern­ment presses ahead with the Perth Freight Link, there will be more and more trucks trav­el­ling on Curtin Av­enue.

So Ms Bishop’s as­ser­tion that ”there will be no in­cen­tive for trucks to use Curtin Av­enue in­stead of Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link” are mis­guided.

If you live in the sub­urbs that are tra­versed by the roads men­tioned above or use those roads on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, then you had bet­ter get used to the con­ges­tion as con­tainer num­bers through the Fre­man­tle Port are ex­pected to triple over the next few years. Rob Thomas, Cottes­loe.

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