Perth congestion costs study launched

WA business groups look to map out the city’s traffic and infrastructure problems

Perth congestion costs study launched
WA chamber of commerce CEO Diedre Willmott


The WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) is working with the Royal Automobile Club of WA (RAC) on a unique investigation into the true cost of traffic congestion in Perth.

Members of both organisations will be asked to share their experiences via a qualitative survey.

RAC CEO Terry Agnew says congestion in and around Perth inflicts a heavy toll on businesses not just in the state capital but throughout the state.

"Perth is on its way to become the most congested capital in the country," Agnew says.

"Infrastructure Australia has predicted that in a mere 15 years’ time, seven of the 10 most congested roads in the country will be in Perth."

CCI CEO Diedre Willmott says the average Perth commuter spends 73 hours a year stuck in traffic; freight operators working from Perth face even greater impacts, the costs of which flow into higher prices for goods across WA.

"Congestion adds a very real cost to businesses through lost productivity and the CCI-RAC survey aims to find where the problems are so we can fix them," Willmott says.

The same survey conducted in 2013 showed congestion had negatively impacted the businesses of 83 per cent of the respondents involved.

This year’s survey results will be made publicly available later in 2015.

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