By Sally McGlew
CALLS for traffic flow to be properly assessed before cementing in a $2.8 million road in the Midland Oval redevelopment precinct has continued with one third of the City of Swan council signing the motion to put the issue back on the agenda.
Last month, council endorsed changing the intersection of New Bond Street and Morrison Road into left-in left-out as part of the Midland Oval redevelopment.
The intersection change is part of the City’s plans to build a new road that connects Morrison Road to Junction Parade.
The new road ‘Grandstand Way’ will be a two-way street, costing $2.8 million and planned for the 2021-22 financial year.
But a revocation motion, lodged by Cr Rashelle Predovnik and signed by councillors Ian Johnson, Claire Scanlan, Andrew Kiely and Jennifer Catalano has called for traffic congestion from recent developments to be properly assessed and considered.
Cr Predovnik said a number of big developments weren’t around when the Midland Oval redevelopment Masterplan (MORM) design was ratified in 2018.
She listed the new Bunnings in Clayton Street, the proposed closure of Robinson Road in Bellevue and the new Midland Train Station move to Helena Street, which is a $165 million project that will need to re-route traffic and redesign roads.
Cr Predovnik said the road structure in the MORM has not changed since the draft was endorsed in 2015 and sent out for public comment.
“But the roads have changed, and the buildings and traffic flows have changed enormously,” she said.
“It’s now 2021 and we’re seeing some big projects that will have a big impact on traffic congestion around the Midland Activity Centre.”
Cr Predovnik said the revocation motion was lodged to postpone the council decision.
“It asks for a closer look at the feasibility of the planned road network in the current MORM to avoid the type of congestion we are seeing on Clayton Road today.”
Cr Predovnik said Main Roads Western Australia had strongly urged the City to undertake a strategic transport assessment in 2016, in their submission to the advertised Midland Activity Centre Structure plan but this was not done.
“A strategic transport assessment will help us plan for traffic.
“It will help us be clear about projected traffic volumes from future high-density developments that will change our road structures.”
Cr Predovnik said the new Bunnings has caused a lot more traffic on Clayton Street and that was set to increase with the 14ha $17 million Midland saleyards development.
A traffic study is also being done by Main Roads WA and the Public Transport Authority on the impact of closing Robinson Road in Bellevue for the new rail car manufacturing facility.
“It’s important we consider how these developments will flow through the Midland Activity Centre.”