Construction starts on Fremantle Line bike path extension
Work has started on the extension of one of Perth’s most highly anticipated sections of Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Fremantle railway line.
The contract to build the project from Grant Street to Victoria Street was awarded to family owned, Perth-based company Keslake Group Pty Ltd.
The construction of the 2.8 kilometre section of PSP will be part of a completely off-road continuous connection from the Perth central business district to Fremantle, catering to not only Town of Cottesloe residents but the wider Perth community and visitors to the State.
The project will also feature a bicycle counter, new lighting, wayfinding signs, pavement markings and landscaping to complement the four-metre-wide PSP, which will provide ample space for all path users to enjoy a safe and comfortable journey.
Following completion of this PSP in mid-2019, the design and construction of the remaining sections between Victoria Street Station and North Fremantle Station will be progressed.
“This section of the Perth to Fremantle path, which comes to a dead end in Cottesloe, has been an issue for more than a decade and the McGowan Government has made its extension a priority,” said Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.
“We recognised the connectivity and safety benefits of extending the Fremantle Railway PSP, and we made sure the funds were available earlier to get it moving.
“The start of construction on this site marks the beginning of what will be a continuous link between Perth and Fremantle – making the route quicker, safer and more direct for people walking and cycling.
“The project is just one of many planned as part of our record investment which will see $134 million spent on cycling infrastructure in the next four years.”
State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said that completion of the principal shared path will better connect Freo residents with Perth and the Western Suburbs.
“These paths will provide a safe, off-road option for cyclists that’s well integrated with public transport.”