Quickest route will being most money
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.