Guildford upgrade dead

LABOR has fulfilled its pre-election promise to scrap unpopular plans to widen segments of Guildford Road.

Late last year the WA Planning Commission tentatively floated long-term plans to widen a six kilometre stretch of Guildford Road between Tonkin Highway and East Parade.

The upgrade wouldn’t have added lanes, but instead create wider footpaths, bike paths and “cheat lanes” at intersections to give buses a head start.

The proposal would have affected 300 homes and 60 businesses, with long term plans to buy up the land in preparation for the eventual widening.

• Graeme Reany showing the line to where his property would have been affected by the proposed widening of Guildford Road. File photo

Locals were furious, with homeowners like Graeme Reany forming the “Guildford Road to Ruin” protest group to oppose the plans.

They presented a petition to parliament with 2000 signatures opposing the scheme amendment.

Ahead of the March election, Labor promised to scrap the plan, and on June 2 new planning minister Rita Saffioti and Maylands MP Lisa Baker announced it was officially dead following the WAPC’s report to government stating that the consultation process had revealed many concerns and that the plan should be withdrawn.

“The proposed Metropolitan Region Scheme Amendment has been officially stopped,” Ms Saffioti announced.

The WAPC report states they’ll consider future improvement of that section of Guildford Road “within the existing reservation”.

by DAVID BELL

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