IT is unfortunate we are in this transport infrastructure limbo and many seem to forget we live in a metropolis.
Roads to nowhere as some express is fundamentally what we have from decades of developments toward a worthy metropolitan network now awaiting for example; completion of West Coast Highway from Swanbourne (integral to rail) to Stirling Bridge, bridge widening, completion of Fremantle-Rockingham Highway and Roe intersecting.
Much of our road issues, including Kwinana Freeway congestion could be resolved and Stirling Highway only requires attention in Claremont.
It does not help with single mindedness such as Alannah MacTiernan’s trains and Dean Nalder’s Perth Freight Link.
Electric rail (standard and light) is the next project for freight and passenger and I look forward to the Fremantle line to Beeliar and Thornlie line and while this is in development plan further options.
Bear in mind, for economically responsible passenger rail, residential density must increase including a medium rise in areas such as Fremantle.
I give credit to the City of Cockburn infill and re-zoning programs. However, Fremantle seems awaiting the next miracle.
Without the nay-say, various claims and political games we could have had the above highway network completed, Kwinana container facility and now be working on electric rail networks for freight and passenger.
It is time to take a step back then forward onward.
HAYDEN SHENTON, Munster.