- A Hay Street makeover featuring two-way traffic, and pedestrian and cycling improvements
- Reduced speed limits on all Subiaco streets
- Advocacy for better public transport including a high frequency bus route along Hay Street
Two-way traffic on Hay Street, reduced speed limits and the re-introduction of light rail are some of the ambitious projects outlined in the City of Subiaco’s Transport, Access and Parking Strategy, which was adopted by council last week.
The strategy was finalised following community consultation, and includes both short and long-term outcomes for the transport network. It balances car travel with alternative modes of transport to add vibrancy to the city, increase visitation and support a population growth of 23 per cent by 2036.
The city will begin implementing actions under local government control, and work with transport organisations and state government to gain support and funding for the strategy.
The strategy proposes major design changes to Hay Street, opening it and Roberts Road to two-way traffic, to support commercial activity and improve accessibility.
The city will work with Main Roads to reduce speed limits on local streets to 40km/hour to support pedestrian and cycle safety, and 30km/hour on Rokeby Road and Hay Street.
The strategy acknowledges the importance of public transport in Subiaco and the need to provide connections to a wide variety of destinations, in order to support population growth, without creating congestion and parking issues.
With exciting new commercial and residential developments reshaping Subiaco, the strategy positions the city as a public transport hub, with future rail connections planned to other inner-city destinations, Perth Airport and Perth Stadium.
A new high frequency bus route is also proposed, running along Hay Street, connecting Subiaco to Wembley, Perth CBD, East Perth and Victoria Park; with the ultimate goal to introduce light rail.
The strategy includes a proposed overhaul of current parking management, with simplified controls and options to balance the different types of parking including all-day, short-term and residential parking.
Innovative and interactive digital platforms plus live travel information will also be supported to assist drivers in finding available and suitable parking.
Comments attributed to Mayor Heather Henderson:
“The plan integrates transport, parking, land use and infrastructure strategies to ensure Subiaco is accessible, active and sustainable, making it easy to get into and around the city.
“There is plenty of exciting new development planned for Subiaco, including the Subiaco East Redevelopment Project. A strategy that promotes walking, cycling and public transport options will support this population growth.
“We will advocate for improvements to all public transport services including the 97 bus, and support higher frequency services with a particular focus on non-peak periods.”
Comments attributed to CEO Don Burnett:
“The opening of Hay Street and Roberts Road to two-way traffic, supported by innovative street design will help boost commercial activity and foot traffic along Hay Street.
“The city will begin immediately to put in place actions under our control, and work closely with stakeholders to achieve long-term outcomes.
“Investment by the state in inner-city public transport is essential to support population and economic growth, and the city looks forward to working with the Department of Transport and other agencies to achieve these goals.”
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