Trams a great way to ease con­ges­tion

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Mark Sch­nei­der, Waikiki

Joan Korb (15/8) raises some in­ter­est­ing points about park­ing on the re­vi­talised Rock­ing­ham fore­shore but I think her pre­dic­tions of “chaos” are greatly ex­ag­ger­ated.

As the owner of Rock­ing­ham Fore­shore Fish and Chips I can as­sure her that on two of our busiest days of the year, New Year’s Eve and Aus­tralia Day, Rock­ing­ham Beach Road is closed to traf­fic and park­ing is re­stricted. Yet de­spite that thou­sands flock to the fore­shore to en­joy the events. The place is re­ally buzzing and it’s a sales bo­nanza for us and other busi­nesses on the strip.

Perth is one of the most car-de­pen­dant cities in the world, a fact that’s led to an un­sus­tain­able ur­ban sprawl. The al­ter­na­tive is sen­si­tively de­vel­oped higher ur­ban den­si­ties, pedes­trian-ori­ented spa­ces like the re­vi­talised fore­shore, and bet­ter pub­lic trans­port.

Rock­ing­ham beach has apart­ment dwellings but lacks the pub­lic trans­port. One cost-ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion would be a mod­ern track­less tram sys­tem link­ing the Rock­ing­ham train sta­tion and the re­gion with the beach. It’s af­ford­able and at­trac­tive and could be de­vel­oped with min­i­mal dis­rup­tion. Peo­ple in the re­gion would take to it as a great way to get around the sub­urbs and to the beach.

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