Wheels in motion for Fremantle bike path construction

Wheels in motion for Fremantle bike path construction

A tender to extend the Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Fremantle railway line from Grant Street to Victoria Street Station was released today.

The announcement follows the McGowan Government’s decision to fast-track construction of the highly anticipated missing section of the PSP as part of the 2018-19 State Budget.

The 2.8-kilometre project, which makes up the first two stages of the entire extension, will significantly improve connectivity and safety for local residents and visitors within the Town of Cottesloe.

The path will separate pedestrians and cyclists from motorists to ensure everyone is able to travel safely and provide important connections to train stations, the Mosman Park Activity Centre and Cottesloe Primary School.

Construction is due to commence in December 2018, with completion anticipated by June 2019.

Following completion of the first two sections, the State Government will be progressing design and construction of the remaining two sections between Victoria Street Station and the Swan River.

Over the next four years, $67 million will be used to close gaps along the Fremantle railway and Mitchell Freeway PSPs, completing an interconnected network of pathways extending 15 kilometres from the Perth central business district.

Drawings for the proposed path are available here.

Proposed Freo Cycle Path

“People have long complained about the sudden end to the cycle path that follows the Perth to Fremantle railway line, forcing them onto the busy Curtin Avenue,” said┬áTransport Minister Rita Saffioti.

“Prioritising construction of this missing link will address safety and accessibility concerns by providing a continuous off-road facility between Perth and Fremantle, reducing the potential for conflict with road traffic and providing a high-quality link to key tourist attractions.

“The transport agencies have been working closely with the Town of Cottesloe to create a design that is suitable to the surrounding environment, with the general alignment to the west of the railway line and the east of Curtin Avenue.

“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 this will be welcome news to Freo residents who cycle into the city, currently battling the peak hour traffic along Curtin Avenue.

“Cycling infrastructure is a top priority for the McGowan Labor Government.

“We’re getting on with building the missing link between Freo and the Western Suburbs to keep cyclists safe and better connect our communities.”