By Claire Ottaviano
METRONET has remained steadfast in its plans to close Robinson Road, telling Echo News this week the closure would have minimal impact on the “limited” number of vehicles using the Bellevue level crossing.
Main Roads WA (MRWA) first submitted an application to close the road in October 2020, but the City of Swan sent planners away to undertake traffic modelling.
Efforts by Echo News this week to obtain the results of the now completed traffic study led to the comments.
“MRWA has undertaken initial traffic modelling, which has found that closing the crossing will have minimal impacts to the broader traffic network, with the limited number of vehicles that use the crossing expected to use the Lloyd Street underpass instead, as intended when this major new crossing was built,” a Metronet spokesperson said.
“The Bellevue Railcar Facility has brought manufacturing back to WA and is supporting opportunities for local businesses and employment.
“Train depots are required to be long to allow for all necessary maintenance activities, and due to the space constraints at the facility Robinson Road needs to close.”
At the City of Swan August council meeting on Wednesday night, former transport minister and long-time City of Swan resident Gavan Troy claimed traffic issues were the reason for a delay in approval of part two of the State’s Bellevue railcar facility.
“The development application part two, as well as the earlier part one, failed to make reference to the closure of Robinson Road, a surprising omission considering that Robinson Road had been a public road with a rail crossing for in the order of 100 years,” he said.
“I have become aware that the continuing postponement of DevelopmentWA’s consideration of part two is due to the intransigence of the Public Transport Authority (PTA) to recognise recent traffic studies, commissioned by MRWA, that reveal an unacceptable outcome if Robinson Road is closed in the medium and long term.”
He asked Mayor Kevin Bailey if he would move to request the City’s officers discuss a wider range of traffic issues with MRWA extended beyond the Robinson Road closure.
Those issues included, but were not limited to, the consequences of the future connection of Lloyd Street to Abernethy Road on intersections at Clayton Street, Great Eastern Highway, Morrison Road, Bishop Road and Great Northern Highway, the proposed fly-over at Morrison Road and congestion at the new Midland Station.
Mayor Bailey successfully moved a motion in July (Battle for Robinson Road not over)to request an urgent briefing with the PTA on the current and future use of Robinson Road.
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