Check Your Facts: Roe 8

STEVE Portelli advised a reader who expressed doubts about Roe 8 to “go fetch some facts”.

Perhaps Mr Portelli needs to take some of his own advice.

He mentions several east-west roads that will benefit from Roe 8:

Regarding North Lake Road, for most of its length, and certainly all of the section that will likely be affected, it lies in a north-south direction. Running parallel to Stock Road there is a possibility that it may be used to bypass the chaos that sometimes exists on that road.

As I recall, Farrington Road was originally constructed as a direct through route between Karel Avenue and North Lake Road, but due to protests from residents along the route, traffic calming devices were introduced all along it to discourage its use by heavy traffic.

As a sometime-user of that route, I cannot see anyone using that as a rat run; so how will Roe 8 help?

As Bibra Drive crosses the route of Roe 8 and will have no access to it or across it, it will probably have less traffic on it.

Presumably, that will have to rat run somewhere else.

Berrigan and Beeliar drives are well south of the area affected by Roe 8 and its proposed extension to Fremantle harbour, so I am not sure how they will be assisted.

Discovery Drive is one of many minor roads outside the area in question. In what way will it benefit from Roe 8?

As a resident of Aubin Grove, Mr Portelli you are well outside the areas whose residents will suffer because of this road and its as yet unplanned and uncosted extension to Fremantle Port. Perhaps you should check your facts and give some consideration to them.

KATHLEEN PLATTS,

Hamilton Hill.