Bridge traffic concerns allayed

It was held to inform elected members of the progress made in the last year.

City of Melville director strategic urban planning Steve Cope said a significant part of the delay with the project could be attributed to traffic modelling.

He said a considerable amount of time had been spent conducting and refining traffic modelling and forecasting the level of patronage of public transport so consultants and Project Working Group members were satisfied the transport network would be capable of meeting demand.

Consultants from GHD spoke about their studies, which focused on transport, retail and the environment.

Council members had a number of queries including concerns about high traffic congestion and queuing in Sleat Road in Mount Pleasant during peak hours and pedestrian access to the train station and across Canning Bridge.

One elected member raised the query as to why it was forecast that locally generated traffic would not significantly increase.

The response was that the changing mix of dwelling types and initiatives would attract residents and workers to public transport rather than passenger cars.

South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said the next steps were to engage with the community in regard to concepts.

‘Progress has been made developing the vision into concepts, which are based on sound modelling of transport, and required development yields,’ she said.

‘All of the partners in the project are still committed to the delivery of the Canning Bridge Activity Centre Structure Plan.’

A date is still yet to be set for the next public workshop, but it is expected to be held in November.