THE City of Joondalup supports the State Government’s long-term plan to create a transport network capable of sustaining a population of 3.5 million in the Perth and Peel regions.
However, it believes a more holistic approach across the whole of government is required to ensure the strategies of individual agencies are aligned.
At last month’s meeting, councillors retrospectively endorsed the City’s submission on the Department of Transport’s Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 Million People and Beyond, which was open for public comment until October 28.
A council document said the City supported increased travel choices and use of public transport and greater connectivity within the transport network.
However, the City’s submission also addressed a number of areas to enable the development of a “more visionary and implementable strategy”, particularly for the north-west sub region.
These include increasing employment self-sufficiency in the region, improving transport connections, promoting behaviour change, enhancing public transport and road networks, road and public transport pricing, cycling network improvements and freight network impacts.
The Department of Transport will now consider submissions and the plan will be reviewed based on feedback.
The plan includes various infrastructure enhancements for the north-west sub-region including a new suburban radial line to service Morley and East Wanneroo.
The line would connect to the Joondalup line to service the far northern suburbs, extending the existing rail line to Yanchep and freeway to Yanchep and Indian Ocean Drive and pedestrian and cycling connections across Lake Joondalup and Lake Goollelal.
At the meeting, Cr Philippa Taylor said Joondalup was the largest centre in the north-west sub region – “and we will continue to grow”.
“We are now well ahead of our target for 20,000 jobs within Joondalup city centre by 2050 as it is only an increase of 3000 jobs on this year’s figures,” she said.
“We are likely to have 45,000 jobs in the Joondalup city centre by 2050.
“I do believe parking at railway stations must keep up with demand, otherwise driving all the way to the destination becomes the preferred option.
“Bus routes must be frequent throughout the suburbs and there must be no 45-minute wait for a bus when you get off the train.
“I believe bus stops must also be spaced so every resident has the recommended 400m walk to the bus.”