Changes to lighten traffic load

Alfred Cove MLA Dean Nalder with Transport Minister Troy Buswell on Canning Highway.
Alfred Cove MLA Dean Nalder with Transport Minister Troy Buswell on Canning Highway.

Alfred Cove MLA Dean Nalder raised the problem of traffic congestion on local roads with Transport Minister Troy Buswell in Parliament last week and called for solutions.

Mr Nalder said although some residents had called for traffic calming measures in side streets used as rat-runs ” including McCrae and Kintail roads in Applecross, Reynolds Road, The Esplanade, Ullapool Road and Bombard Street in Mt Pleasant, and Riseley Street, North Lake Road and Burke Drive in Attadale ” fixing the highway was a better long-term solution.

‘A major highway that can handle traffic demand stops people searching for alternative routes because it is the most time and fuel efficient path from A to B,’ he said.

Mr Buswell then announced a trial that gives priority to the Canning Highway, resulting in longer green light phases. If successful, it could be applied to other suburbs.

‘If it works, we can get increased efficiencies at other arterial road blockage points across the metropolitan area for a relatively low investment,’ he said.

Mr Buswell said a bus lane was also being considered as a long-term solution to traffic problems on Canning Highway, as was a plan to upgrade the shoulder of the freeway between Canning Bridge and Mill Point Road to enable cars to use it at a restricted speed at peak times.

Mr Nalder said he was pleased with the Minister’s response and looked forward to completion of the new measures.

‘Since the election, I have focused the Minister’s attention on the incapacity of Canning Highway, and the impact this is having on the safety and amenity of our local roads,’ he said.