Upper Swan traffic worries

TRAFFIC concerns have surfaced over a proposal for a new 1700-home subdivision in Upper Swan.

Residents in nearby suburbs expressed concern about the extra cars generated by continued development and the lack of public transport infrastructure.

Satterley Property Group is the developer of the new 140ha subdivision and will pay for the new road infrastructure in the subdivision.

City of Swan’s developer contribution plan for the area requires Satterley to contribute about $2 million towards the 2017-planned Ellen Brook bridge.

Satterley chief executive Nigel Satterley said the bridge would provide better connection to Ellenbrook and its town centre.

“As part of building the new Upper Swan estate we will be making significant upgrades to local roads such as Apple Street and implementing other traffic measures as required by Main Roads to ensure that the estate and surrounds have great access and safe roads,” he said.

There is a planned upgrade to Henley Brook Avenue and the construction of the Swan Valley Bypass by 2020, but population growth is also exploding.

The Swan Urban Growth corridor around Lord Street, Ellenbrook and Bullsbrook’s populations are forecast to grow by 75,000 in the next 20 years, according to Forecast ID.

Henley Brook resident Sue Hurt said Swan Valley roads were already at full capacity and gridlock traffic was becoming the norm along West Swan Road.

“Adding vehicular traffic from 1700 hundred lots to West Swan Road, Great Northern Highway and Gnangara Road will cause further traffic issues,” she said.

Ms Hurt said regional traffic management was a high priority and suggested using the Avon Link train line so residents could connect to Midland.

Swan chief executive Mike Foley said public transport to the region was already a priority for the area.

The next step for Satterley is to lodge a structure plan for the Upper Swan land, which will be advertised for public comment.

The council will decide on a recommendation to WA Planning Commission on whether or not to approve the plan.