City of Perth quizzed over potential traffic issues once Perth Children’s Hospital opens

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NEDLANDS residents last night sought the City of Perth’s strategy to combat parking and traffic issues once Perth Children’s Hospital opens.

Speaking during question time at the general electors meeting, Jane Boxall said Hollywood Private Hospital was already “overwhelmed by through-traffic and public parking on residential streets”.

She asked if the City of Perth had developed a traffic and parking strategy to cope with the opening of the Perth Children’s Hospital.

Perth City chief executive Martin Mileham said residential parking permits were being investigated.

“The City is in the process of investigating whether residential parking permits could also assist and the review will be complete by mid-year,” he said.

“The City does understand residents are concerned about traffic and parking around the QEII and Perth Children’s Hospital.”

Mr Mileham said the City was working towards implementing its transport strategy including public transport, walking, cycling, road and parking facilities.

Resident Anna Vanderbon sought assurance the 97 bus route, which was cancelled on weekends in 2016, would be reinstated on weekends ahead of the new hospital opening to alleviate traffic congestion.

Mr Mileham said the City was always meeting and working with the Public Transport Authority (PTA) about services, but route 97 was managed by the PTA.

PTA spokesman David Hynes said it was unlikely the weekend route would be reinstated.

“Given historically low patronage on the route there are no plans to reinstate the 97 on weekends,” he said.

“The QE II MC site is already very well-serviced by buses including the high-frequency route 950, 999 and 998.”

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