Street of de­sires

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stadiums In The Spotlight – Cockburn - By BRYCE LUFF

BIG changes in­clud­ing re­duced speed lim­its, two-way traf­fic along Hay Street, light rail and a high-fre­quency bus ser­vice could be on the hori­zon for Su­bi­aco, but busi­ness own­ers say they will not be hold­ing their breath.

On Tues­day the City of Su­bi­aco voted through 10-2 its Trans­port, Ac­cess and Park­ing Strat­egy, which aims to bal­ance car travel and al­ter­na­tive modes of trans­port.

Among other things, it sug­gests a two-way con­fig­u­ra­tion for Hay Street and Roberts Road, cut­ting the speed limit on Rokeby Road and Hay Street to 30km/h, and in­tro­duc­ing a 40 km/h speed limit on streets in the City ex­cept Aber­dare Road, Thomas Street, Sal­vado Road and Selby Street.

Su­bi­aco chief ex­ec­u­tive Don Bur­nett said the City was al­ready work­ing on a de­sign that would open Hay Street to traf­fic head­ing east, with the need to do so brought for­ward by a sec­ondary school open­ing at Kitch­ener Park in 2020.

He said lim­it­ing speed along Rokeby Road and Hay Street was some­thing pro­posed by busi­nesses and pedes­tri­ans want­ing the area to be more pedes­trian-friendly.

With strong sup­port dur­ing com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion, the coun­cil will also push for light rail down Hay Street and a high-fre­quency bus ser­vice con­nect­ing Wem­b­ley to Perth via Su­bi­aco and, po­ten­tially, Vic­to­ria Park.

But busi­ness own­ers along the strip were un­sure if the coun­cil’s as­pi­ra­tions would be met, or if they were the best op­tion.

Rai­mond Castel­lano, of bou­tique fash­ion out­let Rai­monds, said light rail, a bus ser­vice and two-way traf­fic would be fan­tas­tic but not if it lim­ited park­ing in the area.

“If it doesn’t force park­ing changes I think it’s a great idea, but not at a loss to cur­rent park­ing,” he said.

Bistro des Artistes owner Alain Fabregues said park­ing was the area’s top is­sue.

With pre­vi­ous talk of twoway ac­cess along Hay and light rail, Mr Fabregues saw it more as a “dream”.

The price of park­ing could be al­tered to en­cour­age high turnover in core ac­tiv­ity cen­tres. The coun­cil is also keen to be a part of a car-share trial.

“It’s not some­thing we will drive, but it’s some­thing we would par­tic­i­pate in,” Mr Bur­nett said.

Re­ports re­gard­ing the dif­fer­ent ac­tions set out in the plan will be pre­pared over the com­ing years.

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