Eric Charlton

Eric Charlton

Former Minister for Transport

    Study to develop integrated transport strategy for Heritage Country

    17/02/1998 12:00 AM



    Solutions to a range of transport issues facing residents south-east of Perth will be tackled in a new study announced by Transport Minister Eric Charlton today.


    Speaking at a community workshop, Mr Charlton said the State Government had commissioned a nine-month study to develop an integrated transport strategy to address the future travel demands for the three councils in the Heritage Country.


    "In order to preserve the lifestyle enjoyed by residents in the Serpentine-Jarrahdale, Armadale and Gosnells shires, we will look at taking the trucks off the local roads and improving public transport," he said.


    The Minister said a comprehensive program of community consultation had been put in place to address issues in the local area.


    "This is a very important local issue and we will be seeking widespread community input on how they want to tackle these issues as a community," Mr Charlton said.


    "This is essentially about looking at the interaction between public transport, pedestrians, cyclists, heavy haulage and the road system and how these can be improved."


    Mr Charlton said a freecall number had been established to gain feedback on the strategy from local residents.


    The report would be complete by August 1998 and would produce strategies for land use, public transport, bicycle and pedestrian networks, freight movements and road structures.


    Local residents wishing to provide input could call 1800 681 885.


    Media contact: Nicole Trigwell 9321 7333