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City shows its support for commuters

Published on Wednesday 6 September, 2017

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The City of Gosnells is putting its support behind National Nightmare Commute Day, a social media campaign that highlights the challenges faced by commuters from outer metropolitan suburbs.

An initiative by the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), Nightmare Commute Day on Thursday 14 September encourages motorists to share their commuting experiences using #nightmarecommute on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

In a bid to make commuting easier for local workers and ease traffic congestion, the City is calling for funding commitments to separate railway lines and main roads within the City.

Mayor Olwen Searle said the City’s highest priorities for these grade separations were Kelvin Road and Albany Highway in Maddington and William Street in Beckenham. It is understood the State Government has also identified these crossings as priorities.

“The aim of National Nightmare Commute Day is to start conversations about the length of time it takes for people who live in fast-growing outer suburbs to travel to and from work or study each day,” Mayor Searle said.

“In its draft report on future public transport needs, the Department of Transport predicts the number of people using public transport in the Perth metropolitan area will double by 2031. As a result, we can expect the amount of time motorists will spend waiting behind boom gates at railway crossings to increase significantly.”

On National Nightmare Commute Day 2016, thousands of Australians posted and tweeted details of their commute, including taking selfies and making memes.

“We’re encouraging commuters to use #nightmarecommute to share how long it took them to get to work or study on 14 September, and to send a message that there is great potential to improve conditions for commuters,” she said.