Reinstate bypass

GREENS Senator Scott Ludlam and Labor politicians are being disingenuous when they rightly condemn expenditure on the Perth Freight Link, but fail to mention that there was a practical and viable alternative that was previously scuttled by Fremantle voters.

Federal and State money is to be thrown at a Band-Aid solution to a far greater problem in an attempt to buy votes and be seen to be taking positive action.

The new route will cause far more pollution and social disruption without addressing the obvious long-term problems.

In recent months, there have been numerous protests over the intended freight link construction, curiously from many who supported deletion of the bypass. Conspicuous by its absence is any mention by them of the original act of political vandalism.

There is no argument the port road and rail freight traffic will increase significantly in the coming decade as the Rous Head container terminal expands.

Not only will our roads be more congested, especially those sections that will see heavy semi-trailers competing for space with local suburban traffic, but also the increased frequency of freight trains trundling through heritage areas of the port city will be to the structural detriment of its historic buildings and detract from the lifestyle of those who chose to live in the precinct.

My solution is immediately to cancel any plans or spending on this latest political folly and consider a viable and practical alternative for the future.

Both State and Federal governments should work together to resume the land and reinstate the Fremantle bypass, making provision for a rail line to be included in the project. This new freight line would be joined to the existing network at Spearwood and run alongside the freeway, over the Stirling Bridge and into the Fremantle container terminal.

This should appease those who have been continually preaching the virtues of rail over road freight.

Unfortunately, there is a dearth of politicians on the horizon who have the desire to make the bold decisions urgently required.

I feel I am passing water into the wind trying to get them to look beyond their next term in office.

DARYL BINNING, Winthrop