Campaigners hope to keep realignment

Abandoned trolleys near Waterford Plaza and Curtin Uni.
Abandoned trolleys near Waterford Plaza and Curtin Uni.

‘We’ve been through so many planning process and decisions in negotiations over the past 15 years that nothing would surprise me, but the Leighton Action Coalition and the community have fought for a place for all people, its sustainability and having a landscaped coastal reserve that is used by people from all suburbs,’ LAC spokeswoman Sue Harrington said.

After the Leighton marshalling yards closed in the 1990s, the LAC found swimmers, runners and dog walkers from 60 suburbs used Leighton Beach as a regional recreation facility.

On January 27, Premier Colin Barnett announced a $40 million plan to realign the coastal avenue along the Fremantle railway line from southern Cottesloe to the North Fremantle station.

The LAC wants the money to include landscaping of the yards but fears the funds will be consumed by the new avenue’s construction.

On February 14, Opposition leader Mark McGowan said if elected he would cancel the realignment and other larger projects, including the Burswood football stadium, to pay for Metronet over eight years.

Opposition transport spokesman Ken Travers said Metronet was integrated and co-ordinated to get cars off roads while Mr Barnett’s Curtin Avenue realignment was not developed enough to solve the traffic problem. WA Labor would work with the community on a ‘proper solution’ for the route.

Metronet in the western suburbs includes a Perth Airport service |terminating at Shenton Park and the Fremantle line connecting at Fremantle with a southern suburbs loop line for Murdoch University students and Fiona Stanley Hospital workers.

The Liberal Party proposes a $1.85 billion train line connecting the Perth CBD to the airport and a 22km $1.8 MAX light rail network by 2018.

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