Mistake en-route

IN response to Daryl Binning’s letter in the July 22 edition headlined ‘Reinstate bypass’, the Fremantle bypass is and continues to be a mistake waiting to happen.

Trying to divert heavy traffic from one area to another and through existing suburbs is only shifting the problem.

Similar thinking regarding the bypass through wetlands in Bibra Lake is another failure in backward thinking, at considerable cost to the taxpayer and endangered species.

If anyone would like evidence of the traffic congestion of large trucks travelling through suburbs, go and have a look at the intersection of Stock Road and Leach Highway, firstly in the early mornings and then from 2pm onwards when on their return journey.

Extending existing rail lines to a loading depot nearer to the port where trucks waiting can be loaded and travel short distances to the port removes them from continuously thundering back and forth through suburbs.

Rail carries multiple loads in one journey to what trucks carry at present, usually one, maybe two containers. Thus, truck owners will be saving on fuel and less pollution will spew out of exhausts at lights when idling.

Not too hard a solution if we can get the idea out of our heads that more roads mean less congestion. That is nonsense.

MARIO NARDI, Bibra Lake