Roe 8 extension will put more trucks on southern suburbs roads

Roe 8 extension will put more trucks on southern suburbs roads

The Barnett Liberals are pushing ahead with a flawed plan to put thousands of extra trucks on roads through Perth’s southern suburbs.

The Liberal Government is continuing to push the Perth Freight Link, despite new modelling revealing it would place an extra 10,000 trucks on roads each week.

Traffic modelling released during budget estimates in State Parliament last week showed the Perth Freight Link would create more than a 40 per cent leakage of trucks onto surrounding roads.

Fremantle Labor MP Simone McGurk said the southern suburbs faced more trucks on their streets, not fewer.

“This project will put more trucks on Leach Highway and local roads. No matter which way you look at it, this is a flawed project,” she said.

Willagee Labor MP Peter Tinley questioned why trucks would use a toll road instead of a free option.

“Rather than bulldoze family homes and businesses and force more trucks on the road the government should put more freight on rail and start planning a new port south of Perth so we get trucks out of our suburbs,” he said.

Ms McGurk and Mr Tinley also pointed to the serious environmental concerns over the impact of the highway on the vulnerable Beeliar Wetlands.

WA Labor would reduce truck traffic by putting more freight on rail and start planning a new modern container port in Kwinana so trucks don’t have to travel through residential areas to Fremantle.

“This would take the freight away from metropolitan areas and is by far the most sensible solution,” Ms McGurk said.