Consultation on Road Modification Options

Published on 14 June 2018

City of Busselton Council has committed to a program of stakeholder consultation to gauge the level of public support for road network upgrade options identified in the Busselton Traffic Study as suitable for delivery within the next 6 – 24 months.  The consultation program will also seek to ascertain the level of community support for pursuing Ford Road as an option potentially deliverable in the next 15 – 20 years to meet future needs.

With many of the initial improvement measures identified in the study (such as additional signage and minor intersection works) now completed or underway, the City is positioned to commence more significant upgrade works. These include the Strelly-Barlee-West Street upgrade (already underway), City Centre Eastern Link and /or the duplication of Causeway Road and bridge.

Before any decision to commence with either the City Centre Eastern Link or Causeway Road duplication is made, Council will ask members of the public via an independently run survey  to indicate their preference for either road modification option. Respondents will also be able to indicate a preference for neither option and/or provide Council with feedback on alternative options potentially deliverable in the next 6 – 24 months.

As part of the same public survey but as a separate line of enquiry, Council will also seek feedback to gauge popular support for continuing investigation into the development of Ford Road or a similarly aligned north-south road essentially linking traffic from the Bussell / Vasse Highway to East Busselton.

City of Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said: “Council has confidence in the advice received by engineering, environmental, traffic modelling and town planning experts and having undertaken a cost benefit analysis; does have a preference. This preference is to advance the City Centre Eastern Link. However, sections of the community have told us they would like more information and the opportunity to provide greater input particularly in determining which (if any) traffic modification measure the City proceeds with next. To this end we intend to hold a public forum(s) for those interested in finding out more about traffic congestion and road modification options and to quantify support for the various options via a public survey. The survey will be open as soon as possible and the results will help Council decision making.”

Outcomes and objectives outlined in this statement align with Key Goal Area 5: Transport – smart, connective and accessible.  
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