Butler candidates take different paths on congestion issue

Butler candidates take different paths on congestion issue

CANDIDATES for the Butler electorate have taken different paths in their bid to address congestion on Marmion Avenue ahead of next month’s State Election.

Butler MLA John Quigley and Opposition Transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said, if elected on March 11, Labor would commit $23 million for the City of Wanneroo to widen the road between Butler and Yanchep.

“Making Marmion Avenue a dual carriageway will not only shorten the horrendous travel times from the Yanchep-Alkimos district, but reduce driver frustration,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Most importantly of all, it will make the road much safer for families.”

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In her capacity as a Wanneroo councillor, Liberal candidate Linda Aitken put forward a motion on notice at the February 7 council meeting asking the City to monitor intersection safety issues and report back to the council with crash data by August 2018.

Mr Quigley said without state funding, the dual carriageway would be 10 years away, but Labor’s promise could allow the City to start the project in 2017-18.

“This announcement is a big win for the community,” he said.

“It will mean shorter travel times, less driver frustration and a much safer road for families in our district to use.”

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts welcomed the commitment, which is part of a congestion package Labor will announce tomorrow.

“It supports the Connect Wanneroo community-driven campaign,” she said.

“It will go a long way to alleviate the congestion that the community faces each and every day.

“Improved infrastructure will improve local opportunities for employment (and) that will create confidence for investors to open businesses in those areas.”

Cr Aitken’s motion highlighted the Marmion Avenue junctions with Shorehaven Boulevard in Alkimos and Cinnabar Drive in Eglinton.

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“The community has expressed concerns that both intersections are unsafe due to the high number of vehicles at speed on Marmion Avenue, particularly during peak periods,” she said.

“Vehicles queuing for a break in traffic to enter Marmion Avenue cause considerable driver frustration.

“The traffic use has increased rapidly in these areas.”

As reported in the Times last week, the City has awarded RJ Vincent & Co a $2.21 million contract to widen Marmion Avenue between Lukin Drive and Butler Boulevard.

That work is due to start this month and finish in August.

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