Replies to two

I REPLY to two writers, Jo Rich and Kathleen Platts, whose letters were published in last week’s Gazette.

Jo, you cannot see the trees through the forest for someone so well travelled. The countries you quote as having great train infrastructure are highly populated.

Perth is still young with less than two million people spread over thousands of square kilometres. How do you suppose that small population base can afford railway lines everywhere?

Like it or not, we are decades away from having a comprehensive rail system.

What we can do though, is reserve land corridors for the future – just as we reserved the corridor for Roe Highway some 60 years ago.

That in itself does not mean it is fait accompli, but in my opinion and many people including experts, Roe 8 is critical infrastructure.

Cockburn has high-employment industry and businesses spread over several areas adjacent North Lake Road, Stock Road and Cockburn Road. It has nothing to do with the port and its container truck movements.

In fact, those 2000 daily traffic movements pale into insignificance with the traffic into Cockburn of some 98,000 as forecasted for 2031.

You will never replace trucks and you cannot build railway tracks to all our businesses and shopping centres. We need highways to assist traffic travel in volume and at a reasonable speed.

That is why we build highways. They save our local roads from congestion making them safer with less pollution, less-stop start motoring and saves time.

Time is valuable; whether it is work or leisure time.

Please stop with the smoke and mirrors and read the facts; State and local government-commissioned reports are available if you are interested.

Kathleen, you say I quote intriguing data. It is not mine; it is Cockburn City’s commissioned reports – District Traffic Study of 2006 and 2013.

It is so important, that Cockburn creates its strategic transport plan on it.

I will correct you on one other furphy; the main object of Roe 8 is not trucks going to the port.

Although a benefit for the port traffic, the overwhelming benefit is the easing of congestion on Cockburn’s and Melville’s local roads.

If the Roe 9 section, purported to be a tunnel now, is not built, it will not detract from the great benefits that Roe 8 delivers to Cockburn.

Keep on the subject and the facts and people will listen. Misquote and go off on tangents and you insult the intelligence of the community; they can see straight through it.

STEVE PORTELLI, Aubin Grove.