Trucking hell

Canning Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

A SHEL­LEY grand­fa­ther who nar­rowly es­caped a crash with a semi-trailer has backed calls to ban heavy ve­hi­cles from Leach High­way.

Ralph Daw­son was at the Leach High­way and Karel Av­enue in­ter­sec­tion when the heavy ve­hi­cle ran a red light at high speed.

“For some rea­son I hes­i­tated prior to cross­ing so I avoided a col­li­sion by the barest of mar­gins, other­wise I would not be here to tell the story,’’ he said.

“I have seen and heard of se­ri­ous ac­ci­dents over the years on the River­ton/ross­moyne sec­tion of Leach High­way and enough is enough; some­thing needs to be done.”

Mr Daw­son said the no­to­ri­ously con­gested high­way did not need the added wor­ries of semi-trail­ers, ship­ping con­tain­ers and large com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

Main Roads fig­ures show 11.1 per cent of crashes on Leach High­way in­volved heavy ve­hi­cles, com­pared to the metropoli­tan aver­age of 5.4 per cent.

“It is ap­par­ent that pop­u­la­tion growth and an in­crease in goods dis­tri­bu­tion ser­vices at and near the Perth Air­port has re­sulted in a dra­matic in­crease in ve­hi­cle traf­fic,” Mr Daw­son said.

“Re­mov­ing heavy haulage ve­hi­cles com­pletely from Leach High­way and South Street, or ban­ning them be­tween 5am and mid­night, might be a short­term solution but they need an al­ter­na­tive route.”

River­ton MLA Mike Na­han wants to ban all freight traf­fic ac­cess­ing Fre­man­tle Port from Leach High­way and South Street east of Kwinana Free­way.

“The pre­vi­ous Lib­er­alled gov­ern­ment started con­struc­tion of Roe 8, a ded­i­cated truck route that would have re­moved a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of trucks from Leach High­way and South Street, as well as tens of thou­sands of cars,’’ he said.

“De­spite hav­ing can­celled the project over two years ago, the Mcgowan gov­ern­ment is yet to pro­vide a cred­i­ble al­ter­na­tive and the prob­lems on our roads are only wors­en­ing.”

Trans­port Min­is­ter Rita Saf­fi­oti said the Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to can­celling Roe 8 and fund­ing 18 road projects across the state to ease con­ges­tion.

“The Mcgowan gov­ern­ment has a plan for mov­ing freight off roads and we have al­ready in­creased freight on rail from 15 per cent to 23 per cent in just two years,’’ she said.

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