IN WRONG LANE

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

CHINA'S 20-plus lane free­ways still be­come park­ing lots, so when are we ever go­ing to learn that build­ing more roads and lanes does not work.

Over­pop­u­la­tion is the prob­lem… tackle that first. clud­ing Leach High­way (adjacent Boor­a­goon Lake), North Lake Road and Beel­iar Drive.

Wouldn’t it be more ef­fi­cient and ben­e­fi­cial that ve­hi­cles pro­duce least noise, com­bus­tion, tyre wear and brake dust pol­lu­tion by trav­el­ling at con­stant power and speed?

The City of Cockburn com­mis­sioned two in­de­pen­dent traf­fic re­ports (2006 and 2013) com­par­ing op­tions and forecast Roe 8 to over­whelm­ingly re­duce ra­trun­ning, fu­ture con­ges­tion, road up­grades and main­te­nance.

Roe 8 is part of a grander scheme to pro­vide ef­fi­cient ac­cess for the fu­ture. If Roe 8, 9 and the Fre­man­tle East­ern By­pass were in place, I would have saved vari­ably 10 – 20 per cent of fuel and 20 – 30 per cent of travel time over nine years.

pub­lic trans­port? Con­sid­er­ing most live in low-den­sity devel­op­ments, to con­sider grand in­creases in buses, trams and rail ser­vices who will ac­cept grand plan­ning changes. With a port reach­ing ca­pac­ity and railed con­tain­ers be­ing in­creased to 30 per...

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