Bond in the road for Roe 8 mates/ Fremantle Gazette

Interesting Article from the Fremantle Gazette exposing more reports that are kept from public view covering the impact of Not building the PFL or the Roe 8 & 9’s

Sadly this project, while able to lessen many stresses on our urban road networks, this issue has become highly politicized and the real benefits and negatives have been lost to small groups of individuals fear mongering the local communitys so no rational community discussion has actually been held to discuss the pros and cons and allow locals to have a balance thought without the hate and fear elements so commonly found in these issues.

  • 23 Feb 2016
  • Fremantle Gazette
  • Josh Zimmerman facebook.com/ FremantleGazette
  • http://communitynewsgroup.newspaperdirect.com/epaper/viewer.aspx

PORTELLI BITTER ON SHELVING

BIBRA LAKE COCKBURN councillor Steve Portelli has joined with Melville Mayor Russell Aubrey to highlight the additional congestion and environmental consequences of shelving Roe 8, believing his own council is ignoring the findings of a traffic study which point toward a need for the road.

An independent traffic study commissioned by the City of Cockburn forecasts 35 stretches of road will need to be widened by 2031 to cope with the increase in daily vehicle movements in both Melville and Cockburn if Roe 8 is not built.

“It has got to the stage now that I am so frustrated and disappointed with the stalling of Roe 8 that I had to speak to someone that is for it,” Cr Portelli said.

“We have to get a strategy together and get the word out there because the community has been misled.

“Roe 8 is not just about diverting traffic away from South Street and Leach Highway but also from Cockburn’s east-west linking roads such as Farrington Road, Bibra Drive, Berrigan Drive, Russell Road, North Lake Road and Beeliar Drive.

“Close to 80,000 daily traffic movements will be taken away from those roads and out of our residential suburbs.”

Both Cr Aubrey and Cr Portelli believe that constructing a new outer harbour in Cockburn Sound, the alternative preferred by Cockburn council, will prove more environmentally damaging than Roe 8 itself.

“When you look at the impact on the environmental areas surrounding the roads that would need to be widened – and take into account the impact on the houses that abut those roads – you see that the aggregated environmental cost of not building Roe Highway is far greater than the cost of building it,” Cr Aubrey said.

“On top of that, residents will be stuck in congested traffic in perpetuity, with no other viable way of getting out of the situation.

“Certainly building the outer harbour will alleviate the trucks which is dangerous traffic to be mixed with light traffic but the fact is what we are looking at is getting 80,000 vehicles off our roads altogether with the construction of Roe Highway, compared to just 5000 trucks that would be moved to the outer harbour.”

Updated, Fremantles Light Rail, More Destructive to Fremantle Homes and Businesses, Than PFL?

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I understand the South St reserve link (Intramaps)is not quite working as I would like so here is a screen shot of what I was intending to show from intramaps. Now this is an indication of a reserve set aside some time ago and is not complete for the rail system to be built, so it would need to be expanded. Of course to see the full impact of how the reserve would impact homes an actual detailed plan would be needed. Not to mention the cycle paths they would want, car lanes and buses.

The Red line running down South St shows the properties impacted. Also allowing for the expansion west of the road reserve to Fremantle to allow the light rail to be added.

South St Rd Reserve

The link above takes you to a map that takes a few seconds to load. It may need to be zoomed in to South St , between, Carrington St and Bruce Lee Reserve

This map will show you South St reserve,  coloured in red which starts just west of Bruce Lee Oval and heads east out of Fremantle.

This is the space set aside to expand South St, which would be needed to incorporate a light rail system. Unless councils plan is to just ban cars on South St? In the Herald last month we see the article about  Rachel Pemberton,  EYES ON A LIGHT RAIL FUTURE

This would appear to make Fremantle Councils light rail more destructive to Fremantle than the PFL.  All the verge trees and many in peoples front yards would need to be cut down, or cleared to make way for Rachel’s Pemberton’s Light Rail Future.

  • How many families would lose homes on South St?
  • How many businesses would need to knocked down to make way for the new rail line?
  • How much of their blocks will be reclaimed for the new verges area?
  • All the big pine trees on South St before Carrington St would need to go.
  • About 80 trees between Carrington St and Stock St would need to go.
  • The impact east of Stock Rd could also be huge if over head power is needed, with many old large trees could over hang the power system.
  • How will this effect the value of all homes along South St especially those close to road with added rail noise and vibration. Wheel squeal and flanging noise are often causes of annoyance to residents as the high pitch screeching is mainly found at the high frequency end of the human audible noise spectrum?
  • Now its been made so public will real estate agents now have to warn prospective buyers of the developments the council is driving for.
  • Now the Councillor has come out and spoken about it so publicly, what impact could this have on Trans Perth not prioritizing new bus routes or possible rapid bus transit lanes, which TP development speaks of?
  • The months of turmoil on people and businesses while South St is dug up and the new infrastructure is put in place?
  • Worse, no road reserve is noted for the final leg to Fremantle, so who’s street could it drive through and what is the impact on loss of homes and businesses to for fill their ideology? Leaving years of uncertainly for local families
  • This is just the start of the questions of the impact that such a project could have.

The devastation on an old established suburb will be huge by driving a light rail system through these old heritage areas.

Some other links to the issue

FREMANTLE LIGHTRAIL NOT A PIPE DREAM

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/light-rail-on-track-for-perths-south-with-route-from-murdoch-to-fremantle-mooted/news-story/f62357a00d5ab598645dc701c6c1e84b

 

 

 

 

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