City of Vincent mayor Alannah MacTiernan has criticised the State Government for delaying construction of the light rail network until after another three years of feasibility studies, saying there had already been three years of planning.
"To me this timetable is completely unacceptable," she said. "We're saying those contracts should be let next year and this thing constructed by 2015.
"They are using planning as an excuse for not doing something."
Ms MacTiernan said the council had compiled a masterplan "at the behest of the Government" which paved the way for higher-density urban planning but was underpinned by the line being built.
"This sort of timeline makes me cynical about whether they intend to do it at all," she said. "We want to get on with it. Until we know that rail is certainly there, we can't approve development to that scale."
City of Stirling mayor David Boothman also backed accelerating the project, given Perth's worsening traffic congestion.
"Travel times, especially in the rush hours, are just getting more and more severely affected," he said. "You think in four years time, what it's going to be like. We've got problems now, why don't we just bite the bullet and get on with it?"North Perth Business and Residents Group chairman Stephen Catania welcomed the project but said the limited space along parts of Fitzgerald Street was an "obvious concern" if businesses had to be sacrificed.
'The West Australian' is a trademark of West Australian Newspapers Limited 2013.
All rights reserved.
Select your state to see news for your area.