PFL will ease heavy truck traf­fic

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

PREMIER and Cottesloe MLA Colin Bar­nett said build­ing the first part of the con­tro­ver­sial $1.9 bil­lion Perth Freight Link through the Beeliar wet­lands will take trucks of Cottesloe’s Curtin Av­enue even as Fre­man­tle Port traf­fic tre­bles to an es­ti­mated two mil­lion con­tain­ers by 2030.

“The more con­gested Curtin Av­enue gets, the more the trucks will be di­rected to go on the freight link, and that will give them ba­si­cally no in­ter­sec­tions between here and Kew­dale, the bulk freight area, and Muchea,” Mr Bar­nett told the West­ern Sub­urbs Weekly.

PFL crit­ics dur­ing the Fed­eral Elec­tion ar­gued con­tainer trucks would tre­ble to about 900 daily on the nar­row av­enue.

Mr Bar­nett said the PFL’s Roe 8 first stage in the wet­lands, now be­ing con­tested in the Supreme Court, would re­lease the “cork in the bot­tle” prevent­ing trucks tak­ing a route south from the port and away from Cottesloe.

“If that is built, many of the trucks that would have gone along Curtin Av­enue would go along the freight link and a lot of them would be re­quired to do so, and it will be more ef­fi­cient for them with a quicker jour­ney, they’d save on petrol, they won’t be brak­ing and start­ing again, which saves a huge amount of fuel and time,” he said.

How­ever, the full PFL from the wet­lands to East Fre­man­tle depends on $1.2b from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, and crossbench Sen­a­tor Nick Xenophon and other in­de­pen­dents may hold the bal­ance of power in Can­berra.

Mr Bar­nett said Sen­a­tor Xenophon would have no role in the PFL be­cause his SA-based cen­trist party had no WA MPs.

He said the $1.2b was “as­sured” from a Gov­ern­ment led by Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turnbull, but if the money did not ar­rive, the PFL would take longer to build.

Re­think the Link spokes­woman Kim Dravnieks said peo­ple should know why the State Gov­ern­ment was spend­ing $90,000 on a PFL fi­nan­cial re­view when there was “sup­posed to be a solid busi­ness case for the project”.

Ms Dravnieks said no truck groups were be­ing con­sulted about their pref­er­ences for Curtin Av­enue.

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