High Street Upgrades after the Perth Freight Link – some initial thoughts for discussion.
April 11, 2017 75 Comments
The killing off of the PFL and the ALP’s commitment to the outer harbour and potentially capping the Fremantle inner harbour has rendered the previously proposed major upgrades to High Street and Stirling Hwy Fremantle as potentially overly intrusive and expensive.
With this in mind the Fremantle Council is looking forward to working with our community to push for a more immediate, lower cost, interim solution that improves resident amenity, safety and performance. This should obviously include the key pinch point – the intersection of High Street and Stirling Hwy – which need to be upgraded ASAP to a level currently provided on other parts of the existing freight route such as the Stock Rd and Leech Hwy intersection.
The recent slow growth in containers number means that there is time to do a full investigation into the proposed outer harbour before committing to any major upgrades to this area that would have multiple flow-on impacts including likely impacts on residents, the golf courses and Boo Park.
This means not proceeding with Option 4 as previously proposed (see below for an illustration of what we did not support) and instead creating an improved road but NOT one that is focused on controlled access standards or one that allows freight vehicles to travel at 60kmh around the High and Stirling bend!
Principles for new High Street design:
- Needs to be improve safety including at Stirling Hwy intersection;
- Needs to be made safer for netballers to both park and access courts;
- Needs to enable both public and private golf courses to continue to operate;
- Needs to retain most of the mature trees south of High Street;
- Needs to improve the efficiency of vehicle movements;
- Needs to reduce noise and pollution impacts on nearby residents;
- Needs to be consistent with the major investment planned for the second harbour;
- Needs to improve pedestrian crossings north south and east/west;
- What else?
A moderate and immediate upgrade to High/Stirling intersection
There needs to be an immediate upgrade at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway immediately to make it safer and more efficient. This should include an exploration of upgrades including:
- Flattening out the small peak just west of Montreal Street;
- Introducing a double turn right lane into Stirling Highway (like Stock Road/Leach Highway travelling from the port);
- Introducing a slip lane onto High Street for trucks leaving the port so they do not have to stop at this intersection (like Stock Road/Leach Highway travelling to the port);
A moderate and immediate upgrade to High Street from Stirling to Carrington
- Making the Royal Fremantle Golf Club, Chudleigh, Onslow, Wilkinson and Montreal Street intersections with High Street ALL “left in, left out” only;
- Making it safer for netballers by formalising parking and upgrading the crossing of High Street via an underpass or overpass or adequate median strip with pedestrian traffic lights.
A more substantial upgrade would be all of the above plus building new west-bound lanes to the south of the mature trees on High Street and create a slip road for High Street residents.
Should either of these be the position that the Fremantle Council lobbies the State Government to fund?
The Fremantle Coucil and I love to hear your feedback.