Ex­ist­ing roads ad­e­quate: Premier

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

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.

Con­tainer trucks at the Ty­de­man Road-Stir­ling High­way in­ter­sec­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.