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WHY NOT? No.3 RAPID TRANSIT
We started our series of WHY NOT? with Cottesloe and then North Leighton a few months ago, and we are now continuing the conversation about the future of our City by conceptualising at some innovative urban design initiatives for significant locations within metropolitan Perth .
We are now pleased to released our third WHY NOT? – Rapid Transit.
Again as with all our WHY NOT? projects we are not saying these are the best or only options but just ask you to think about our ideas. Do you like them? Can it be done? What if? WHY NOT? Let us know.
Perth’s population is set to reach 3.5 million by 2050.
How can we accommodate this population and yet retain as much of the traditional suburban development as possible? There is also a need to consolidate development to ensure we maximise patronage on public transport systems and allow for a more efficient utilisation of service infrastructure.
Our preference is for concentrated nodes of development. The new State Government has introduced Metronet, which is expected to expand the rail system and then focus development around rail stations. There are other important connections / corridors that could be better utilised.
One of these corridors is the land bounding the various roads between the Cannington City Centre, Curtin University, Canning Bridge, Garden City and Murdoch. The area includes the suburbs of Cannington, Bentley, St James, Wilson, Waterford, Karawara, Manning, Como, Mt Pleasant, Applecross, Booragoon, Bateman, Winthrop and Murdoch. What if, we encouraged a partnership between landowners / developers and government to deliver a significant uplift, along with the creation of a high amenity transit corridor?
It would be important to provide a high level of amenity for both the existing and new residents. This concept includes the creation of linear parks along the majority of the corridor. It is likely development would be concentrated around the various activity centres and other facilities (such as Transperth stops). There would be the opportunity to create great places for people to live, meet and recreate. These could support a significant uplift in residential densities adjacent to the corridor.
Melbourne St. Kilda Road. A green and pedestrian friendly corridor connecting South Yarra to the CBD by tram.
Green Tram Tracks are used to bring nature and a calm atmosphere to cities
Diagonal Avenue, Barcelona. A project that extended the tram system giving priority to pedestrians and boosting the bike lane network.
St Joan Boulevard, Barcelona. Gives priority to the pedestrian and turns it into a new urban green zone extending right up to Ciutadella Park.
Of course, it would be necessary for State Government to be involved. The PTA would need to commit to either a light rail or a dedicated high frequency bus system. There would be a need to purchase land for road widening and the linear parks, although this could be offset by developer contributions.
Ideally any planning restrictions should be limited to only critical elements being those items that impact the human scale. High quality architectural design is also important. The traditional planning controls of building height, plot ratio and specified densities should not be utilised for the areas immediately adjacent to the corridor.