Existing roads adequate: Premier
COTTESLOE electorate voters in North Fremantle may only get an improved intersection for any more traffic from the proposed $900 million Roe 9 tunnel if their MLA Premier Colin Barnett is re-elected on March 11.
“I think the only works that will be contemplated in the foreseeable future in North Fremantle is to modify that (Tydeman Road-Stirling Highway) right-angle turn where the trucks physically can’t get around the corner, they run over the footpath, and to make that more of a curved turn,” Mr Barnett told the Western Suburbs Weekly.
He ruled out any 1.2km Roe 10 section of the controversial Perth Freight link (PFL) through the portside suburb, which faces a trebling of truck traffic from any privatised Fremantle Port by 2030.
Roe 9 tunnel finishes 1.4km south of the Tydeman Road intersection, but some electors are worried about more trucks and cars from the tunnel, the future of Stirling Bridge, no information before the election, and Roe 10 potentially being a loop road, through a reserve occupied by a new car wash, to the port.
“There will be no flyovers, or ring roads or tunnels or anything else, and as I said, there is no Roe 10,” Mr Barnett said.
He said existing roads were “adequate for at least 10 years”, and more private cars would be the result of normal growth, not just the PFL. Last year, Mr Barnett had a North Fremantle community meeting about the PFL, but when asked if he would do it again before March 11 said he was “happy” to talk to constituents at his electorate office.
North Fremantle Community Association convenor Gerard MacGill said there was “unease” after the Roe 9 pledge, and people deserved to know “immediately” about the PFL and Roe 10 to make decisions for their families, homes and voting.
Further north, Cottesloe Residents and Ratepayers Association secretary Yvonne Hart said containers from any PFL-fed port could treble to 900 daily on Curtin Avenue through central Cottesloe
Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said Labor would increase freight rail subsidy to take 36,000 trucks away as shortterm “reprieve” for North Fremantle, with long-term plans for a second Kwinana port.