Canning Bridge congestion a 10-15 year priority to fix: Infrastructure Australia

Canning Bridge congestion a 10-15 year priority to fix: Infrastructure Australia

ROAD congestion at Canning Bridge station has been identified as a national infrastructure priority in need of fixing, but don’t expect a quick-fix soon.

In its Infrastructure Priority List released this morning, Infrastructure Australia suggested improving station accessibility would increase public transport use and reduce congestion on the Canning Highway freeway crossover.

However Canning Bridge was listed as one of the longer term priorities for funding, which could be as far away as 2034.

The report spelled out what locals already know – the current set-up of the bus station causes road congestion because buses travelling east along Canning Highway block a traffic lane when stopped at the station.

It described the limited pedestrian, cycling access, non-existent toilet facilities and the lack of dedicated parking and drop-off areas as poor.

During peak period, buses at the interchange can also block access to the northbound freeway bus lane.

Canning Bridge was one of five new West Australian issues added to the list, which was headlined by the more pressing need to fund a replacement Fremantle traffic bridge.

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The Infrastructure Priority List provides independent, evidence-based advice to governments and industry on the projects that will most benefit Australia’s communities.

It currently contains 121 proposals for across the nation that will require investment over the next 10 to 15 years.

Each proposal is categorised as either high priority or priority, with both categories divided into projects that have a work plan, and initiatives where the solution still needs to be determined.

Canning Bridge crossing capacity and interchange was listed as a priority initiative.