Opinion: Congestion not solved by more roads

More roads not the answer to congestion problems
More roads not the answer to congestion problems

Regarding the Cockburn Gazette front page story last week “Roe 8 rears head again”.

If councillor Steve Portelli wants us to believe that more roads like Roe 8 will solve the city’s growing congestion issues, will he provide evidence of major road projects built in the past that have solved congestion to this day long- term.

I recall the duplication of the freeway, a major project , as a “game changer” once it was completed. That’s solved the freeway issues we now endure on weekdays hasn’t it?

When the councillor delivers his petition to parliament, I do hope he has all the names and their addresses made available to the public so we can see where these people live.

Will these residences be affected by the constant noise of trucks at all hours or are they situated many kilometres away from it?

Has he consulted just Cockburn residents or has he included all other residents along or close to close to the proposed route?

What is his solution once the suggested route hits the Canning Highway bridges on the Swan River, seeing that the previous government hadn’t even finalised that part of the project?

To add to the mess left by the ousted Liberal government, one must ask who spends $2 billion of our money on a road without a business case?

It’s always been an outdated and flawed plan that never would have solved any congestion issues, seeing that the “more roads” theory has been used over and over as a congestion solver and failed.

Here we are: 2017 and still talking about how bad our congestion is.

The definition of stupidity is to do the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

M NARDI

Bibra Lake