Sim­pler, safer so­lu­tions sought

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - By JON BAS­SETT

SIM­PLER so­lu­tions are be­ing sought for dan­ger­ous Stir­ling High­way in­ter­sec­tions choked by port con­tainer traf­fic af­ter the demise of the Perth Freight Link (PFL).

“The logic is to do the min­i­mum we can, given Fre­man­tle Port con­tainer traf­fic will ul­ti­mately be capped,” Fre­man­tle Mayor Brad Pet­titt said.

At East Fre­man­tle’s Stir­ling High­way-high Street in­ter­sec­tion, car driv­ers wait­ing at lights can cause trucks to brake dan­ger­ously, pedes­tri­ans dodge right-turn­ing trucks and cars are sand­wiched be­tween trucks in a sin­gle-lane left turn.

Dr Pet­titt said a “$20 mil­lion to $30 mil­lion” im­prove­ment at the in­ter­sec­tion should be con­sid­ered to cre­ate a safer bend.

Be­fore the PFL, a con­cept dubbed Op­tion 4 would have cre­ated a large in­ter­change at the in­ter­sec­tion, cut­ting into the nearby golf cour­ses.

Dr Pet­titt said the PFL’S demise and a State Govern­ment com­mit­ment to a sec­ond port made the de­sign “in­tru­sive and ex­pen­sive”.

He said there was now time to in­ves­ti­gate alternative de­signs that in­cluded safety for users of the net­ball courts on Leach High­way, al­low the golf cour­ses to op­er­ate and re­duce noise and pol­lu­tion.

The coun­cil could also lobby for im­prove­ments to the dan­ger­ous Stir­ling High­way-ty­de­man Road in­ter­sec­tion if asked by North Fre­man­tle res­i­dents.

North Fre­man­tle Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion con­venor Ger­ard Macgill said there was an “ur­gent need” to im­prove the in­ter­sec­tion for south­bound trucks af­ter sev­eral rollovers, in ad­di­tion to pedes­trian safety at Queen Vic­to­ria Street and co-or­di­na­tion of traf­fic lights.

WA Road Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Cam Dumesny said it started re­new­ing its ideas for im­prov­ing truck travel be­tween Ty­de­man and High roads last week, be­cause get­ting prod­ucts to the port com­prised half the cost of ship­ping them to China.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Lisa Saf­fiotti said she would meet Dr Pet­titt in com­ing weeks to “work to­gether” on a traf­fic safety and ef­fi­ciency so­lu­tion, while also seek­ing Fed­eral Govern­ment funds that in “an ideal world” could al­low works to start in late 2017-18.

How­ever, Ms Saf­fiotti said Can­berra ini­tially ap­proved funds for Op­tion 4 and any new plans, in­clud­ing po­ten­tial im­prove­ments at Ty­de­man Road, would first have to be dis­cussed and worked on.

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