Saffioti Recommits to Not Widening Guildford Road

Minister for Transport, Planning and Lands, Rita Saffioti, has recommitted to WA Labor’s election pledge to not widen Guildford Road.

Ms Saffioti has urged the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) to submit their formal recommendation as quickly as possible, as required by law, so she can give landowners certainty.

“We have made a clear election commitment on this and I intend to deliver on that,” Ms Saffioti said.

“I have received legal advice that states we must allow the current process to run its course, but I have asked that this be done as quickly as possible”

“I would like to end the uncertainty for landowners as soon as possible.”

The plan has been controversial due to the potential impact it may have on businesses and residents, potentially cutting into their properties.

The Amendment Report by the WAPC lists a number of reasons that put the extension up for consideration, such as pedestrian safety as well as upgrading the bus bays and providing room for cyclists.

“It does not encourage the sense of pedestrian safety where pedestrians are close to traffic,” the report says.

“There are also no dedicated on-road or off-road cycling facilities, resulting in road safety concerns”

“Many of the existing bus shelters are in poor condition and there are a limited number of bus bays which allow buses to pick up passengers without obstructing motorists.”

 

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