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Reversal refused

COUNCIL has officially knocked back Transport WA’s plan to reverse traffic directions in the West End of the CBD.

Transport proposed redirecting traffic flows through the West End.

A council study drew 180 submissions. Of the seventy-two who supported the plan, thirteen raised significant concerns and fourteen minor concerns.

Issues raised included increased traffic volumes through Milligan Street, increased traffic problems in King Street and cars exiting the Hay Street car park being directed back into the city.

Councillor Tess Stroud said the plan could have sounded the death knell for West Perth businesses that relied on traffic flows down Hay Street.

“With this plan, the traffic won’t be brought to their door,” Mrs Stroud said.

Another concern was that the project could potentially reduce convenient access to the city and reduce street parking.

CBD retailers have long argued for better vehicular access to the city.

They believe the city is losing business because Perth people go where their cars can go.

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