WA community supports protecting West Coast Highway


A community survey result says the West Coast Highway upgrade proposal will protect the popular route

WA community supports protecting West Coast Highway
The local survey supports protecting the future of the West Coast Highway through Scarborough

The Western Australian government says almost 70 per cent of respondents in a recent survey support the state government’s plan to protect the West Coast Highway.

The three-month community survey, which received 719 responses, suggests the community is prioritising better connectivity in and around Scarborough as well as protecting the common freight route between Ventnor Street and West Coast Terrace in Scarborough.

The results find travel time savings and improved streetscaping and amenity improvements are also key in the eyes of local WA residents.

The WA governments plans for the future of the West Coast Highway includes building a centrally located, three-lane, powered road that allows regional traffic to pass under the Brighton Road, Scarborough Beach Road and Manning Street intersection.

The concept also draws plans for wider verges and more space for future urban design.

The state government says the community survey was a key step in the road planning process to ensure local residents supported the plans for the West Coast Highway, with Main Roads now providing a recommendation to DevelopmentWA to change the Scarborough Redevelopment Scheme that protects the land around the future project.

There’s currently no construction allocated to the project, with further development required before funding opportunities are instigated.

WA transport minister Rita Saffioti says the survey’s results are a major step forward for the suggested works.


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"The future planning proposal for West Coast Highway is an ambitious one, and I’m pleased to see 70 per cent of the community who completed the survey are supportive of the plan," Saffioti says.

"There’s an anticipated increase in vehicles travelling on the road to 50,000 daily by 2041, so it’s important we start planning for our future infrastructure now."

Member for Scarborough Stuart Aubrey says: "I was glad to hear this community survey had the highest number of responses of any Main Roads WA project, which highlights just how important community consultation is."

"I look forward to seeing this proposal evolve as Main Roads incorporates community feedback. It’s vital to the future of our community that you get your say on this important project and I will continue to keep people informed."

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