Trams a great way to ease congestion
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.