By Claire Ottaviano
MAIN Roads WA (MRWA) claims the closure of Robinson Road will not significantly impact traffic issues in Midland.
However, the results of a traffic study show worrying long term predictions on congestion in Bellevue and Midland.
The study was released to Echo News after this week’s State Government announcement the Bellevue industrial precinct thoroughfare would close in September 2022.
The final report conclusion by planners Urbis said the road closure would be insignificant in the short term but traffic would increase over the next decade, with or without the road closure.
“The document shows closure of Robinson Road level crossing does not have a significant immediate impact on traffic flow through the surveyed intersections, with a negligible net effect on traffic in the near term,” the report said.
“On the assumption that established traffic patterns do not change, issues in the wider area as a result of intensification become evident over the period to 2031, but this is not a direct result of the closure of the Robinson Road level crossing.”
The State said there would be minor intersection upgrades at Lloyd Street/Great Eastern Highway and Lloyd Street/Clayton Street to “best accommodate predicted traffic redistribution”.
“In addition, it is clear that further improvements across the wider transportation network may be needed over time to support planned development and land use intensification outcomes,” the report said.
“It is noted that as rail traffic continues to increase, including freight and other initiatives such as the proposed future extension of the Midland Line east to Bellevue, the retention of the Robinson Road level crossing would not be viable even if Bellevue Depot wasn’t being constructed.”
Robinson Road closure first reported in Bellevue robbed of Robinson Road
On Tuesday, Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the State would continue to undertake long-term traffic modelling and work with “all stakeholders” to look at future planning for traffic movements in the area.
Shire of Mundaring president John Daw hit back later that night at a council meeting, saying the Shire had not been consulted in the closure despite considering itself a major stakeholder.
“If the State wants to make changes to the road network, even if it’s for good reasons, they must engage with communities and council’s affected by those changes,” he said.
“Whilst I understand the need for the Metronet manufacturing unit I believe it needs better engagement.
“The Minister seems to not understand that it is necessary to get all stakeholders on board with an integrated transport plan.”
Council unanimously supported Cr Daw’s motion for an urgent briefing from MRWA on the traffic modelling and to request an Integrated Transport Plan that included input from the Shire of Mundaring, Cities of Swan and Kalamunda and the Bellevue Residents and Ratepayers Association.
The City of Swan has also labelled the announcement as a “surprise” having not received any details of the traffic study.
“Traffic in the new Saleyards precinct alongside Australia’s largest Bunnings store is at higher than expected levels,” Swan chief executive Jeremy Edwards said.
“This closure could cause significant congestion in the area.”
Mr Edwards said no modelling demonstrating the State’s claim that traffic impacts on the network would be manageable had been provided to the City.
“I invite Minister Saffioti to discuss the decision further with the City and brief Council on how traffic can be managed in the area,” he said.
The traffic study only includes areas bounded by Robinson Road, Lloyd Street, Clayton Street and Great Eastern Highway.
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