City of Cockburn to widen roads at train station in effort to ease traffic


The City of Cockburn will build a left-turning slip lane out of Knock Place (the right point of this intersection).
The City of Cockburn will build a left-turning slip lane out of Knock Place (the right point of this intersection).

ROAD widening at a congested train station exit point will form part of the City of Cockburn’s latest effort to ease traffic out of the busy precinct.

On October 13, City councillors backed a plan for minor road widening at the intersection of Knock Place and Solomon Road.

Cockburn’s engineering and works director Charles Sullivan said a slip lane would be created for vehicles turning left out of Knock Place, who up until now have been backed up behind right-turning traffic aiming to get on Armadale Road.

“Vehicles wishing to make a left turn out of Knock Place to Solomon Road can be accommodated and hence improve the overall congestion at this intersection by the construction of a dedicated left turn land to Solomon Road,” he said in his report to councillors.

In December the City diverted traffic leaving the train station car park on Knock Place during afternoon peak periods.

Temporary barriers were installed to ensure cars leaving Knock Place could only turn left on to Solomon Road.

The goal was to guide motorists through to the traffic lights at the Armadale Road and Verde Drive intersection.

The City planned to continue the trial for a further six months but was knocked back by Main Roads.

Mr Sullivan said while the slip lane was not the total solution it would ease some pressure on the road system until other upgrades are carried out and the forthcoming Aubin Grove train station is able to share some of the parking demand.

He said the project, to cost about $140,000, will be “programmed as soon as possible”.

Call for funding for Armadale Road-North Lake Road flyover

Fremantle MP Josh Wilson has called on the Federal Government to offer up funding for the Armadale Road-North Lake Road flyover bridge.

During the lead up to July’s federal election, Labor pledged $80m to the $160m project if elected.

That offer was never matched by the Liberals and with Labor failing to gain power, the project appears to have stagnated.

In Parliament earlier this month, Mr Wilson said the bridge needed urgent funding.

“At the moment, people in suburbs like Atwell and Success can find themselves caught in a traffic snarl for 40 minutes, even if they are simply trying to exit the Cockburn train station carpark,” he said.

“I call on the Government to give WA a fair look-in, to address the ridiculous disparity in road and bridge project funding, to abandon the ridiculous Perth Freight Link debacle and to support the much needed Community Connect South project in my electorate.”