What a Difference a New Government Makes: Options for High St and Stirling Highway to be developed with Freo Community

I was pleased to read the media statement below that came out yesterday from new Transport Minister Rita Saffioti that we would not just have a High St/Stirling Hwy solution imposed on Freo residents.

Instead of an imposed solution, the minister has said “options for upgrades are being developed and will be presented for discussion with the local council and community in coming months”

In the meantime the City of Freo will also work up some options based on community feedback.

Our sense is that the 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 (known as Options 4 and 4a) as potentially unnecessary as well as overly intrusive and expensive.

Instead of proceeding with these expensive options, Fremantle Council is looking forward to working with the new state government to come up with a more modest, near-term, lower cost solution that improves the safety and performance of the intersection but also improves other parts of the freight route including North Fremantle and the netball grounds at Gibson Park.

This means not proceeding with earlier options for the High Street and Stirling Highway intersection that focuses on controlled access standards and were designed for freight vehicles to travel at 70 kmh (signposted 60 kmh) and instead, upgrading the intersection to a level currently provided on other parts of the existing freight route such as the Stock Road and Leech Highway intersection.

Informal consultation with local residents on a preferred intersection design has identified the desire to:

  • improve safety at the Stirling Hwy intersection
  • improve safety for netballers to both park and access courts
  • improve pedestrian crossings north/south and east/west
  • improve the efficiency of vehicle movements
  • enable both public and private golf courses to continue to operate and for FERN to relocate
  • retain most of the mature trees south of High Street
  • reduce noise and pollution impacts on nearby residents and
  • be consistent with other major investment planned for the second harbour in Kwinana.

 

Minster’s Media Statement 2/05/2017 3:00 PM

  • Upgrade options for Stirling Highway and High Street to be discussed
  • Solution will tackle congestion and improve road safety
  • McGowan Government delivering on election commitment

The McGowan Government is developing a number of options towards addressing traffic concerns along Stirling Highway and High Street.

The State and Commonwealth governments recently reached an agreement on a substantial $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia.

As part of the agreement, an amount of $118 million was dedicated to an inherited proposal to upgrade a section of Stirling Highway and High Street, as outlined under the previous government.

The McGowan Government is now keen to work with the City of Fremantle to develop the best solution to address traffic issues in the area.

The investigation of new options is in line with the McGowan Government’s election commitment to deliver a comprehensive alternative to the Perth Freight Link.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will be meeting with stakeholders in coming weeks to discuss strategies.

Various options for upgrades are being developed and will be presented for discussion with the local council and community in coming months.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“We understand the community interest in the future of these roads and will be developing options towards relieving congestion and improving safety.

“There will be a range of options considered that will relieve congestion and improve road safety.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5500

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7 Responses to What a Difference a New Government Makes: Options for High St and Stirling Highway to be developed with Freo Community

  1. We know it will be a compromise and without a ROE8 AND 9 it will be just a quick fix leaving the same old problems with trucks backing up as they try and use roads that are already overcrowded. Eventually the original plan will be built but with all this mucking around it will be many years away as NO plans for an outer harbour have been developed and NO solution put forward by the new Government.

  2. Kaye and John Alford says:

    Well what a debarcle today was with the grain truck rollover , We live on High Street and have been battling and addressing this issue for 12 years. As we and our family travel this road daily I am only thankful that we weren’t in the left turning lane as the truck went over. It has only been a matter of time because the trucks HURTLE down High Street trying to get through before the light changes to red , never mind stopping on Amber , Red is fine if you put your foot down. Is it any wonder there are rollovers at this corner.? How important is this issue ?To be put down the priority list when I am sure it has been on the “to do list” so much longer than a lot of other ear marked road work projects

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