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More congestion pain imminent

Australia Day is not just an excuse for crowds to gather for a fireworks display around Perth Water, the expanse of the Swan River between the CBD and South Perth; this year it marks D-Day for Riverside Drive as a continuous access route across the front of the city.

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I'm not an engineer but I don't see why it needed to be a choice between keeping Riverside Drive's convenience as a method of skirting the city and the Elizabeth Quay development. Surely we could have dug the trench a little deeper and put in a short tunnel under the Quay while all these works are being completed so that Riverside Drive & the Quay development could co-exist very happily together. Wouldn't this be a significant aid to keeping cars out of the CBD? With the closing of Riverside Drive, this will push thousands more cars every day into the CBD area. It seems to me that we could have relatively easily avoided this problem.

The new building lots around the Quay are set in stone, it will be IMPOSSIBLE to ever build a tunnel or bridge as required land will not be available. No contingency routes (a sensible idea) were set aside to alleviate situation if congestion proved catastrophic. Most of the 30,000 commuters (now) and all future increases in traffic trying to bypass the city are unlikely to use public transport as this is hub orientated, requiring one or more transfers. Bypassing commuters are going to have to go via the Graham Farmer tunnel, South Perth or clog up the east west city routes such as Esplanade/Terrace/Wellington Street. It will not be pretty.

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