High St and Road to Rail – Kings Square, Fremantle, Saturday Sept. 17, 1:00 pm
September 12, 2011 3 Comments
I’ll be speaking at a Rally – Kings Square, Fremantle, Saturday Sept. 17, 1:00 pm along with Lynn MacLaren –Greens Transport Spokesperson and Annolies Truman - Fremantle Road to Rail, protesting against the State Government’s focus on building roads for trucks instead of investing in sustainable infrastructure such as rail or in road options that better protect communities like the compromise Option 4A. It woudl be good to see you there.
Why does Fremantle have to demand freight on rail?
The Department of Transport (DoT) has announced plans to lift freight movements through the Port of Fremantle using B-double trucks 24 hour a day, seven days a week. This will require over 1,000 truck movements per day, at least 46 per hour.
Both of the Department’s High Street Options 4 and 4A will address the current noise, safety and amenity problems for residents. But Option 4 has a greater impact on the community and its larger curve will let trucks travel at 70kms per hour.
The majority of Fremantle, when forced by the Department to choose a road option, preferred Option 4A, but the Department has ignored that because Option 4 suits its truck plans.
300kms of regional WA Tier 3 rail lines are to be closed down. This will increase the number of trucks on metropolitan roads.
The Freight Network Review (2002) recommended a target of 30% of freight on rail to the port by 2013 and to keep open the Tier 3 railway lines. The DoT has ignored the Review.
If only 30% of the containers were transported by rail the number of trucks on the road would diminish to the level they were in 2002 and no road works would be necessary.
Instead, we are faced with the Roe Highway being bulldozed through Bibra Lake, Stock Road being turned into a freeway and a dramatic increase in truck movements on a residential road through Fremantle.
The real answer is to move as much freight as possible onto rail.