Truck volumes ‘normal’

Residents are upset over the number of trucks passing through their suburb. d426603
Residents are upset over the number of trucks passing through their suburb. d426603

The issue was first raised by the Banjup Residents Group, who were concerned with an increase in trucks which they said were transporting sand from a quarry in Hope Valley through to residential developments in Southern River and Harrisdale.

The group believed drivers were using Liddelow Road as a rat-run to bypass congestion around Cockburn Central and the Kwinana Freeway.

No one from the group was willing to comment, but their concerns were supported by east ward councillor Yaz Mubarakai.

‘Trucks passing through any suburb is not a concern.

‘But a staggering number like 500 each day, that by itself is a nuisance,’ he said.

‘Why should they be using this road to get some commercial benefit out of it?

‘I think that is wrong so my thought was that we should approach the developers and remind them out of courtesy they are upsetting people in the community.’

Cockburn’s engineering and works director Michael Littleton said the City was alerted to an increase in truck movement in August.

‘An assessment conducted at that time confirmed truck volumes had doubled to between 350 and 450 per day,’ he said.

Despite the findings, the City will not take any formal action or consider traffic calming measures for a road classified as a regional distributor designed to move people and goods in and beyond regional areas.

‘The trucks are not ‘restricted access’ and are therefore permitted to use any road,’ he said.

‘Haulage has been monitored through September and there has been a noticeable reduction which would suggest that truck volumes have returned to more normal levels.’