By Claire Ottaviano
MIDLAND MLA Michelle Roberts has come out in support of Bellevue residents and businesses fighting against METRONET’S proposed closure of Robinson Road.
In Bellevue robbed of Robinson Road (Echo News, August 28), Echo News confirmed METRONET was planning to submit a proposal to close the connector road to make way for Bellevue railcar facility infrastructure.
But Ms Roberts told Echo News on Tuesday the State needed to consider other options.
“Alternatives need to be looked at,” she said.
“The alternatives have to include how they can reconfigure some of the requirements of METRONET or whether there’s other possibilities for other railway crossing points.
“We need to look at those alternatives before it’s too late.”
She agrees with the concerns of businesses and residents who say current road infrastructure is not coping.
“Midland is very much a town divided by the railway,” she said.
“As the old Midland Railway Workshops side has been developed there’s been a whole lot more traffic movements and now with [the new] Bunnings and other big stores [on Clayton Street] my view is the railway crossing points are going to be under even more pressure.
“If you don’t cross at Lloyd Street you’re looking at going up to Scott Street and Scott Street is already an intersection that Main Roads knows is under pressure.
“Like-wise, the intersection of Lloyd Street and Great Eastern Highway must already be close to its maximum capacity.”
She said she has communicated her concerns to her party and expressed disappointment at the circumstances leading to the proposed closure.
“I am disappointed that when the [the Bellevue railcar facility] was announced there was no mention at the need to close Robinson Road and I suspected some people thought it was a minor road used by very few people but it is a major transit route through our area for both commercial and residential.
“I have raised [my concerns] with [Transport Minister] Rita [Saffioti].
“She knows I don’t want to see Robinson Road closed.”
The City of Swan has asked Main Roads WA to conduct traffic assessments of Robinson Road and surrounding thoroughfares before it will consider an application for its closure.
“I’d be really keen for Main Roads as part of the modelling to also look at two major roads in Midland that are already under considerable pressure, one is Clayton Street and the other is Great Eastern Highway,” Ms Roberts said.
The City expects to receive the traffic modelling by early January but it is not yet known when the item will go out for public comment.