Rail, not roads to solve snarls

The statement was made in a notice of motion put forward by councillor Jon Strachan at last week�s Special Projects Committee, which looked to have council finally commit to and announce whether it would fully support or reject the project.

A Main Roads WA spokesman said they would prefer to have the support of the City moving ahead, as it generally resulted in improved outcomes for the community. However, the notice of motion recommends the City not support the project.

Cr Strachan said if his motion was supported, it would give the community and the government a clear indication that Fremantle council rejects the Perth Freight Link proposal as a way to address congestion.

�Any cost benefit analysis for the Perth Freight Link has to address the issue of congestion but it does not seem to achieve this, and event the most veracious road builders in cities such as Los Angeles have learnt you cannot reduce road congestion by building bigger roads,� he said.

�It is also risky to assume that truck drivers will decide to use the new road, which will include a toll payment, and a longer journey; so with this is mind, it is likely that Leach Highway will remain the preferred route.�

Road2Rail spokesman Barry Healy said the group hoped when the council made their decision at their May 27 meeting, it would be opposed to the project.

�Having Fremantle on record is important. The message for the government is very simple � we want sustainable freight transport planned in a democratic and transparent manner.�