THE City of Cockburn could spend $10,000 on a two-week trial aimed at easing congestion on the eastern side of Cockburn Central.
In a notice of motion put to councillors last week, Mayor Logan Howlett proposed diverting traffic leaving the Knock Place car park during the afternoon peak period.
Subject to local support, temporary barriers will be installed to ensure cars leaving Knock Place can only turn left on to Solomon Road.
The detour would direct motorists to the lights at the intersection of Armadale Road and Verde Drive via Solomon Road and Cutler Road.
The diversion would apply between 3pm and 6pm, Mondays to Fridays.
The aim is to stop the build up of cars at the south end of Solomon Road caused when the majority of motorists exit the car park, which has 1000 bays, at that point in the afternoon.
Support from local business owners and commuters will be sought before the trial starts.
Mr Howlett, who was urged by Jandakot MLA Joe Francis to look at an interim solution, was confident there would be enough to get it off the ground.
“The City constantly receives complaints from drivers exiting the PTA car park in the afternoon peak period about the lengthy delay in accessing Armadale Road via Solomon Road,” he said.
Someone will attend the site each afternoon to install and remove temporary barriers and signs.
They will stay to keep watch over traffic movements and ensure the site is safe, Cockburn’s engineering and works services director Charles Sullivan said.
John Brew’s business We Like to Party has been based near the busy point for 10 years.
He said motorists can spend 45 minutes to an hour trying to leave the car park and cross Armadale Road.
“I think it would be very frustrating,” he said.
A recent survey by RAC and the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry found 87 per cent of Perth businesses experience lost productivity due to congestion.
Mr Brew said he did not think he had been too badly affected by the afternoon gridlock, but added the City’s detour proposal was worth a shot.
Atwell resident Kelly Taylor said the proposal could potentially do more harm than good, with traffic forced to bank up on the eastern side of the precinct.
Mr Howlett said it was a lengthy detour but it was better to to have drivers access Armadale Road at a signalised intersection.
A post-trial survey of nearby landowners and car park users will be done to see if there is support for a permanent deviation.
The City will aim to split the cost with the PTA.