JUST A FREE­WAY

Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

IN his let­ter in the Jan­uary 19 edi­tion head­lined “Fact is missed” Jim Red­dy­hough mounts ar­gu­ments to sup­port the Perth Freight Link.

It is a pity that none of them has any ba­sis in re­al­ity.

Jim be­lieves that the PFL is be­ing built for trucks; Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder dis­agrees.

He en­thu­si­as­ti­cally told a del­e­ga­tion of White Gum Val­ley res­i­dents in Novem­ber that more than 90 per cent of ve­hi­cles would be cars. He said that the “freight link” was only dreamed up to get fed­eral fund­ing.

In other words, the PFL is just a free­way. All the world knows that free­ways do not ease traf­fic con­ges­tion, they merely push it from one com­mu­nity to an­other.

Of course, this will be a free­way with a dif­fer­ence. Main Roads is in­tend­ing to al­low triple-trailer road trains to tra­verse it 24/7, ev­ery day of the year.

Have fun, Jim, out for a fam­ily Sun­day drive with those on ei­ther side of you at free­way speeds. roads to avoid pay­ing the fees, thereby send­ing them into res­i­den­tial side streets.

Adding lanes does not ease con­ges­tion (it did not work du­pli­cat­ing the Nar­rows Bridge) or re-rout­ing and then claim­ing they are “re­mov­ing” 5000 trucks is pure fal­lacy.

Th­ese trucks are still on our roads caus­ing hold ups and spew­ing toxic fumes: that is just hap­pen­ing in some­one else’s sub­urb.

The PFL and Roe 8 has been a pro­ject with de­ci­sions made on the run. The Govern­ment can­not even agree on how to get the trucks to the port.

Now a tun­nel is Mr Nalder’s next thought bub­ble, yet home­own­ers are still in the dark over whether or not they will lose their homes.

How can Mr Bar­nett ex­pect to charge a toll for a road that has failed en­vi­ron­men­tal through the courts?

Part of the pro­posal is still in dis­cus­sion mode and how will trucks fi­nally get to the port is still an is­sue.

It is a bad pro­ject, badly planned and will never solve the ever-in­creas­ing prob­lem of road con­ges­tion.

ap­proval

What about schools, hospi­tals, road and rail, there is no money left. Why?

The Aus­tralian Govern­ment is spend­ing all the tax­pay­ers' money on Amer­i­can weapons. Why?

Wake up Aus­tralia be­fore it is too late; ask how much money has been spent on de­stroy­ing the Middle East and why.

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