Freight Tunnel: Innovating like it’s 1955
April 12, 2016 19 Comments
Readers of my blog won’t be surprised to read the Fremantle Council in NOT supporting this further expense on a tunnel. Here is the press release we just put out:
The current Perth Freight Link (PFL) proposal, with increased federal funding for a tunnel from Stock/Winterfold Road to High Street/Stirling Highway is not supported by the City of Fremantle.
“The current $1.9b outlay for Roe 8 and the Roe 9 tunnel would be for a solution that is incomplete, short-sighted, has strong community opposition and won’t solve Perth’s ongoing freight and traffic issues,” said Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt.
“Among other issues including severe impacts on local communities in Fremantle, the proposed three kilometre tunnel connecting Roe 8 to Stirling Highway still fails to address the most difficult connection – from Stirling Highway at High Street across the Swan River and into Fremantle Port.
“We’ve become so frustrated by the lack of information from the state government on this critical aspect of the PFL, we’ve been forced to commission engineers to develop scenarios based on a massive new bridge and associated road works between North and East Fremantle; or a very expensive tunnel option underneath Fremantle and the Swan River.
“What that work shows is the extreme impacts this will have on the communities of East and North Fremantle, with the only alternative to overcome those issues being an expensive and complex $1.4 billion tunnel into the port. That would bring the total PFL project cost to almost $3.5 billion.” he said.
Dr Pettitt said the City strongly supports the development of a second harbour further south as a priority, allowing Fremantle port to handle manageable freight volumes into the future. This would be without the need for such a radical spend on transport infrastructure that provides only a short-term solution.
“A second harbour not only provides a long-term solution to the efficient transport of Perth’s freight issues, it does it in a way which has far less impact on people’s everyday lives and the environment – $3.5 billion goes a long way towards such a smart long-term investment in Perth’s future transport needs, both freight and domestic.”