City of Cockburn pushes for Armadale Rd flyover and light rail to ease congestion


Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones.
Pictures: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d464793
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett and Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones. Pictures: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d464793

AN ARMADALE Road flyover bridge and light rail along the coast are key to addressing |demand brought on by a growing population, according to the City of Cockburn.

Planning and development services director Daniel Arndt said the City had rezoned more than 15,000 properties in Spearwood, Hamilton Hill and Coolbellup in response to requirements for urban infill, with 300 new dwellings constructed each year within those areas.

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With a push towards multi-residential buildings, Mr Arndt said effective infrastructure was needed to accommodate a population already topping more than 110,000.

“Infrastructure needs to be directed at the right solutions such as more effective public transport (including light rail),” he said.

“It’s an issue the City has been advocating for to service Cockburn coast.”

Property Council WA executive director Lino Iacomella recently called on the major parties to offer infrastructure incentives to encourage councils to meet infill targets.

“Incentives could be targeted at providing opportunities for aligning the planning and provision of public transport services with infill growth areas across Perth’s middle ring suburbs,” he said.

A Thornlie to Cockburn rail line has been promised by both major parties in the lead-up to the election.

But the big carrot for the City of Cockburn is funding for the Armadale Road bridge.

The City joined representatives from the City of Armadale on Friday to launch phase three of the Community Connect South (CCS) campaign, initiated to gain bipartisan support for the $160 million project.

The Armadale Road flyover would link Armadale Road with North Lake Road, keeping thousands of vehicles away from the Cockburn Central precinct dominated by the train station, Gateway Shopping City and more than 1000 medium to high-density apartments.

“The City has focused on improving road access in Cockburn Central, and specifically CCS via the Armadale Road Bridge, as one of the most important pieces of infrastructure needed to grow this regional centre to become one of the most important centres for WA,” Mr Arndt said.

Labor says it will scrap the Perth Freight Link and redirect money to the bridge, with the party also flagging the possibility of light rail along Armadale Road to link Armadale to Cockburn.

The Liberal Party is yet to commit funding to the bridge.

Jandakot MLA Joe Francis said he was “disgusted” the City of Cockburn was using ratepayers’ money to run “a blatant political campaign”.

“The greatest priority to ease traffic congestion is to build Roe 8, which the City of Cockburn is fundamentally opposed to,” he said.

“They are proving to be nothing more than a ratepayer-funded cheer squad for the WA Labor Party.”

The State Government has set a long-term infill target of 47 per cent in a bid to slow Perth’s urban sprawl.