Community to have a say on ‘trench’ highway plan on Perth’s Scarborough Beach

An artist’s impression of the plans to sink West Coast Highway in Scarborough, with the ground level road carrying local traffic.(Image: Main Roads WA)

The Western Australian Government is seeking community feedback on plans for the future of West Coast Highway between Ventnor Street and West Coast Terrace in Perth’s beachside community of Scarborough.

The plan proposes building a 900-metre three-lane trench road built in the centre of the highway, allowing traffic to pass under local road intersections at Brighton Road, Scarborough Beach Road and Manning Street.

The concept separates regional traffic from local traffic and provides safer crossings and intersections for pedestrians, bike riders and vehicles. The concept also provides for wider verges and space for future urban design that will enhance Scarborough.

The trench would carry north-south traffic travelling through the recently renovated Scarborough Beach entertainment district, while allowing pedestrians to cross the highway at purpose-built pedestrian crossing points.

Parallel roads at the surface would therefore be less congested and easier to negotiate according to Main Roads, with multiple crossing points allowing easy access for Scarborough’s residents, visitors, and businesses.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the planning concept aims to improve safety and connectivity, while minimising impacts on the coast, existing businesses, residents and future development.

“We want to hear from the local community on their thoughts about our new planning concept for West Coast Highway between Ventnor Street and West Coast Terrace in Scarborough,” she said.

“I would encourage everyone to view the planning concept and have their say.”

Almost 40,000 vehicles use the highway daily and that number is expected to climb to 50,000 over the next two decades.

To view a video of the concept and have your say on the planning study, visit Community consultation closes on Friday February 25, 2022 at 4pm.



Related stories:

Interesting? Share this article