TRANSPORT Minister Rita Saffioti says investigations for alternate options to fix access issues caused by the NorthLink WA project in the eastern suburbs are underway
In February, WA Labor pledged $3.1 million to fix access issues on to Reid Highway from Lightning Park in Noranda, access to Beechboro Road North for residents exiting Hamersley Avenue and access to Tonkin and Reid Highway in Bennett Springs.
The $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project was launched to provide a state-of-the-art transport link between Morley and Muchea but had sparked concerns over local traffic congestion.
The party proposed to keep a slip road from Lightning Park to access Reid Highway, build a ‘Keep Clear’ sign at the Hamersley Avenue and Beechboro Road North intersection and construct a U-turn through the median of Beechboro Road North approximately 150m from the intersection.
Ms Saffioti said she and Main Roads WA would continue to work with local government authorities and stakeholders to address access concerns.
“Currently, Main Roads is reviewing access to Reid Highway from Lightning Park and investigations for alternative options are underway,” she said.
“These options will be discussed with key stakeholders once available.
“Timing for any proposed road changes will be known once the scope of works has been agreed and finalised.”
City of Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said the City was yet to receive response from Ms Saffioti on suggested traffic improvement measures and Main Roads’ results of traffic video monitoring in Morley.
Cr McKenna said the State Government have yet to commit to the construction of an entry/exit road from Tonkin Highway to Lightning Park.
“The City understands that consideration is only being given to an exit road linking Lightning Park to the Tonkin Highway, at this point,” he said.
“In April 2017, Council was presented with the results of traffic monitoring in the streets surrounding Lighting Park following the closure of access via Tonkin Highway…the report found traffic volumes to be well within acceptable limits.
“In May, the Mayor and City officers met with Morley MLA Amber-Jade Sanderson and local residents to discuss traffic control measures in local streets following the closure of access to Lightning Park as a result of the upgrade of Tonkin Highway.
“These discussions will be the subject of a report to Council in July.”