FLEMING Avenue resident Lisa Dorst fears suburban areas could become a ‘rat race’ if a proposal to reopen Fleming Avenue and Civic Gardens to buses goes ahead.
She said the streets were originally closed off for environmental reasons to reduce pollution washing from the Wharf Street drain.
The proposed new route would save bus commuters about two minutes, Mrs Dorst said.
Public comment on the ‘proposed bus route and ideas for 7-9 George Street West, Cannington’ is open until October 3.
A meeting on September 26 was attended by about 100 people and included staff from the City of Canning, Public Transport Authority representatives and one councillor.
The City’s proposal says the bus route was identified in the Integrated Transport Strategy 2015 between Manning Road and Albany Highway.
The change would enable buses to avoid a congested section of Albany Highway and travel from Manning Road to the highway via Fleming Avenue, linking to Civic Gardens and continuing to Canning City Centre via Richmond Street. Benefits from the re-route would include service reliability and travel time reductions for bus services 72, 100 and 509, with 34 continuing to use Albany Highway. People at the meeting were told about 214 bus services were expected to use the route.
One local said other traffic could follow suit as cars regularly went down her street only to realise they could not get through.
Long term options for a former bowls club in the area are considered as part of the proposal.
The building will be demolished within the next two months and determination of what will go on the site long term will involve further community consultation.
If approved, the road infrastructure will start within the next 18 months.