PLANNING approval for the $57m Aubin Grove train station has been granted, but there is no clear plan yet on how “chronic” traffic congestion will be eased east of the station.
The project, which is part of a $105 million package featuring the station, two new three-car trains, a bus interchange, 2000 parking bays, and the widening of Russell Road bridge to eight lane, was backed by the South-West Joint Development Assessment Panel at a meeting on October 15.
But there are concerns the roundabout at Gibbs Road and Lyon Road will be at standstill when the station opens unless changes are made.
Cockburn councillor Steve Portelli put forward a motion at the October JDAP meeting to have the intersection signalised prior to the station opening.
But the motion failed when he could not find a supporting seconder.
Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said his team and the Public Transport Authority were in discussions with the City regarding a “possible upgrade” to the intersection.
No time frame for a resolution was given.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said the Public Transport
But Mr Howlett, who last year flagged the Mandurah-line station would fail on day one unless lights were installed at the intersection, said it was imperative the upgrades occurs before the station opens.
“Traffic congestion is already chronic and will only increase leading to traffic congestion scenarios experienced at Cockburn Central,” he said.
“If these upgrades are not done prior to the completion and opening of the railway station, then the City believes that the traffic in and around the surrounding road network would be severely compromised, with significant traffic congestion occurring.”
Work on the station will start by the end of the year with completion scheduled for early 2017.