Truck traf­fic over­load feared

Western Suburbs Weekly - - State Election ‘17 - By JON BAS­SETT

COTTES­LOE ratepay­ers have warned that a pro­posed $2 bil­lion sale of Fre­man­tle Port could tre­ble truck and con­tainer traf­fic through a re­de­vel­oped Scar­bor­ough.

“It’ll be a tripling if the port sale goes ahead and that’s what we’re say­ing is go­ing to hap­pen past apart­ments in Scar­bor­ough,” Cottes­loe Res­i­dents and Ratepay­ers As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary Yvonne Hart said.

The port now has about 750,000 con­tainer move­ments an­nu­ally but in 2014, a State Gov­ern­ment work­shop forecast that it could reach 90 per cent of a 2.1 mil­lion ca­pac­ity by 2038, and a 2.6m ca­pac­ity if the port be­came a sin­gle ter­mi­nal.

In 2015, a Fre­man­tle Port Au­thor­ity sur­vey found con­tain­ers com­prised 2 per cent, or about 300 trucks, of the 15,000 ve­hi­cles go­ing through Cottes­loe daily.

While some con­tain­ers di­vert to Os­borne Park, a re­main­der may use Scar­bor­ough to get to Reid High­way and north­ern de­liv­er­ies.

“I don’t think peo­ple re­alise the vol­ume of trucks that al­ready go up West Coast High­way,” Mrs Hart said.

City of Stirling Mayor Gio­vanni Ital­iano was con­cerned about more trucks through the re­de­vel­oped beach­front.

“If it tre­bles, it’s go­ing to be mas­sive, but un­til then who knows what is hap­pen­ing with our trans­port sys­tem in the fu­ture?” he said.

Scar­bor­ough res­i­dents fight­ing more beach­side park­ing and two new beach roads fear “rat run­ning” on The Es­planade to avoid con­ges­tion, and say res­i­dents and devel­op­ers are un­aware of po­ten­tial truck growth.

“It’s sus­pected a lot of the traf­fic changes in Scar­bor­ough is not for cars, but for the flow of trucks on West Coast High­way,” Beach Not Bi­tu­men sus­tain­able trans­port spokesman An­thony James said.

Mr James said so­lu­tions should cap park­ing, build light rail and high­speed buses, and de­velop bet­ter plan­ning for trucks across Perth.

Trans­port Min­ster Bill Marmion’s spokesman said there was “ab­so­lutely no fac­tual ba­sis to the as­sump­tion” West Coast High­way traf­fic would rise “com­men­su­rately” with port con­tainer ca­pac­ity be­cause trucks had no ben­e­fit di­vert­ing north when the clos­est Swan River re­turn cross­ing was the Nar­rows Bridge.

How­ever, the spokesman said north­ern and south­ern trucks would grow “in­cre­men­tally”, mean­ing the Perth Freight Link was needed to take 89 per cent of those port trucks us­ing south­ern sub­urbs’ roads.

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