Newcastle Street could expand

A report presented to council last week says congestion on the road has increased in the past 10 years after traffic calming measures were introduced when Graham Farmer Freeway opened.

The report says the road provides a key link between the east and west of the city and should be opened to two lanes of traffic in each direction.

This is in line with the State Government’s Perth CBD Transport Plan.

‘Newcastle Street provides an east-west link between Leederville and Claisebrook, as well as direct links to other major traffic routes such as Lord Street, Beaufort Street, Fitzgerald Street and the freeway,’ the report says. ‘Its good connectivity means that it is an attractive part of the city network for many motorists.’

The draft plan, which does not have funding attached to it, would require changes to footpath width, limit kerbside on-street parking to outside peak periods, traffic lights at Palmerston Street intersection and restricting right-hand turns.

‘Essentially this would be returning the cross-section of the street to what previously existed 10 years ago and operating the kerbside as clearways,’ the report says.

Cr Reece Harley said he was concerned about the loss of trees through this change.

But Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said the thoroughfare was an important part of the network.

‘This is a more pressing priority for good vehicular movements,’ she said.

A feasibility report will be prepared and consultation sought with the City of Vincent, the State Government and utility providers.