By Claire Ottaviano
SWAN Mayor Kevin Bailey wants to see the retention of Robinson Road added to the City’s advocacy priorities list.
Cr Bailey’s motion for an urgent briefing with the City and the Public Transport Authority on the proposed closure of Robinson Road will come before council on July 28.
The motion proposes the City work with State Government to keep the level crossing at Robinson Road and that it remains open until council agrees on an appropriate alternative and traffic modelling is made public.
The intended closure of Robinson Road was confirmed by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti in Disruption expected from Robinson Road closure (Echo News, June 25).
The land is needed to facilitate storage of trains at the Elgee Road Railcar Manufacturing Facility.
City staff said they had been told the current facility is not long enough to allow the arrival, cleaning, stabling and maintenance of the new Metronet trains, hence necessitating the closure of Robinson Road.
The City received and rejected an application for the road closure between Elgee Road and Rason Parade in September 2020.
Traffic modelling was requested to determine the implications of the closure on the wider network.
The City expects to receive the modelling in the coming months.
“City staff recommend a briefing to council by the PTA on the matter is most appropriate at the completion of traffic modelling to address all aspects of the proposed closure including the public advertising process,” the report said.
“It is noted that the PTA to date has been working collaboratively with the City to follow the local government road closure process, however the State Government does have powers to close Robinson Road, which they may opt to exercise should council not support the closure.”
The City’s position to date has been to not support any development proposal on the PTA land that will result in the need to close the Robinson Road rail crossing.