Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group

My apologies for the late notice on this one but Main Roads Western Australia is forming a community working group called the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group to provide input into the “options to combat the congestion issues faced by commuters, community and businesses in the northern metropolitan corridor.  The focus is on the extension of the Mitchell Freeway north of Burns Beach Road.”

Main Roads WA Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group*

If you do not wish to nominate or if you missed the nomination deadline there is still an opportunity to provide feedback to the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group via a one page survey form. The feedback form allows for written submission to the working group.

Full details of the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group can be found here. Details of how to nominate for the community working group can also be found at this website.

Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group terms of reference

The terms of reference for the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group provide the general work program for the group and hence could be used frame at least in part any submissions one makes. The terms of reference are:

  1. Identifying current and anticipated specific regional, social, environmental and economic issues affecting, or likely to affect, the growth of the north metropolitan Perth area in the next 20 years.
  2. Identifying current and anticipated factors that may impact overall travel times in the northern metropolitan corridor in the next 20 years.
  3. Researching improved methods and governance models for delivering transport improvements to the network within the northern metropolitan corridor to meet community expectations, including:
    1. Analysis of increasing congestion in the northern metropolitan corridor, drawing on national and international experience (and by inviting community representation and feedback).
    2. Preparing options to establish the most effective plans and governance models that allow strategic partnerships and enhanced community engagement, taking into account the desires of private and other sector involvement, recognising patterns of demographic change, regional and state growth and ways to prioritise these options  for government in a constrained budget environment.
  4. Identifying new opportunities to extend the Mitchell Freeway and enhance reduction in overall travel times in the northern metropolitan corridor to better meet the needs of the community.
  5. Presenting a limited list of  achievable improvement options together with a recommendation on the preferred option to not only extend the Mitchell Freeway north to met the demands of growth in the corridor, but to improve overall travel times in the northern metropolitan corridor.
  6. Submission of a set of recommendations by the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group to the Minister for Transport by the end of 2012.

Whilst in my view the terms of reference do have a strong focus on the motor vehicle and extension of the Mitchell Freeway (see terms of reference points four and five for example), there is room for the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group to look wider, to consider alternate transport options.  The working group also has the scope to consider public transport options and to take a more holistic approach to the transport issues facing the northern suburbs.

The Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group is has the ability to consider the implications of transport choices and public health including chronic disease issues and how they can either work against each other or work together for the well being of ourselves and our children into the future.

This is a re-published abbreviated copy of a post made by the author at Aushiker.com. Andrew’s personal views and submission can be found here.

Your Turn To Talk

Please do stop by the comment section below and share your thoughts on the Mitchell Freeway Extension Community Working Group and its deliberations with the rest of us.

What are you thoughts on how we might make progress on our northern suburbs traffic congestion problems? Please share your thoughts by leave a comment below :)

* The photo used in this post has been sourced from news.com.au

About Andrew

Andrew Priest (aka Aushiker) is a Board member of the Bicycle Transport Alliance and a keen cyclist and bushwalker who is a passionate advocate of cycling and cyclist road safety. All views expressed here are his own and not those necessarily of the board of the Bicycle Transport Alliance.