Gridlock in Herdsman precinct: City wants ‘smart solution’

Gridlock in Herdsman precinct: City wants ‘smart solution’

THE City of Stirling is seeking a “smart solution” to traffic congestion woes in the busy Herdsman business precinct ahead of the March State Election.

Mayor Giovanni Italiano said the precinct employed 40,000 people, the largest outside the Perth CBD, but access to the area was difficult due to Scarborough Beach Road traffic congestion.

“With a City of over 227,000 people, we would like to see both sides of the political fence commit to the Stephenson Avenue project and explore light rail down Scarborough Beach Road from Glendalough station and terminating at Scarborough Beach to address public transport and traffic gridlock that can be seen there every day of the week,” he said.

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“The problem will only continue to grow given further residential infill. Already these areas are choked with traffic and residents and visitors to the area need a smart solution.”

In October, the City made a submission to the State Government’s draft ‘Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 Million People and Beyond’. At the time, Stirling planning director Ross Povey said the plan failed to engage with local governments.

“It represents the first holistic transport plan for Perth and on that basis alone is a key step forward in transport planning for Perth. However, the plan has been developed without engaging with local governments or the broader community,” he said.