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Posted in city of fremantle, lightrail, transport, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2017


How nice to hear local councils in the Fremantle area working together for a change, instead of viewing each other as competition.

They could not agree on local government reform, council amalgamations and the Roe 8 highway, but now the South West Group of Cockburn, Fremantle, Melville, Kwinana, East Fremantle and Rockingham are planning ahead together for light rail, according to a report in today’s Sunday Times.

A Fremantle to Murdoch lightrail corridor is a high priority according to the report, but also a loop with Rockingham and the coast.

There is no doubt in my opinion that lightrail from Fremantle to Rockingham would be used extensively by locals and tourists alike and connect the two cities.

The South West Group report also considers lightrail from Fremantle to Canning Bridge and linking Cockburn and Fremantle.

Long-term planning by local councils for lightrail and traffic corridors is essential to pin point where new residential and commercial development should be encouraged so that planing schemes can be introduced to accommodate that.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt told the Sunday Times that local councils had a role to play in planning transit systems as they would need to rezone areas for transport hubs.

Lightrail has been on Fremantle’s wish list for a long time but low residential figures make it difficult to build a sound business case for it. However the development boom in Fremantle and Cockburn and along to coast to Rockingham is starting to make lightrail a very good option for the not too distant future, and we need to plan for that now.

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  1. freoishome said, on June 29, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Sam, Light Rail is public transport. Driver-less light rail is IMO going to become reality before ‘fleets of driver-less vehicles’ be they cars, trucks or buses. I’m not talking about the technological capacity, I’m talking about the implementation.


  2. Rob Fittock said, on June 28, 2017 at 6:44 am

    and I’ve often wondered why the cat service vehicles servicing Freo are so damned big carrying only a handful of passengers on each circuit

    would a smaller nippier electric shuttle bus not be comfortably better and while they are at it extend the RedCat to service the East Street Jetty, Leeuwin, George Street, Cantonment Hill and the Army Museum

    something I mooted when I chaired the Cantonment Hill Working Group back in 2010


  3. Rob Fittock said, on June 28, 2017 at 6:24 am

    thanks for the link Sam and book a ride in the driverless electric shuttle bus the RAC are trialling along the South Perth foreshore ….it’s a good experience


  4. Sam said, on June 27, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Paul – ‘ first large scale shift to driver-less vehicles will actually be public transport’ – exactly, so why invest in significant infrastructure like light rail, which, compared to a fleet of small driverless vehicles, offers less advantage to the passenger, and is far more expensive to build and maintain?


  5. freoishome said, on June 27, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    I imagine the first large scale shift to driver-less vehicles will actually be public transport. So, rather than the former replacing the latter I think it will expand its services, numbers, routes, etc.
    I see this occurring as I think there will need to be changes to the infrastructure, city control mechanisms, to handle a more complex traffic environment, in the decades of transition to such vehicles, and hence the mix of human and AI decision makers on the roads.
    So driver-less light rail, driver-less buses, etc, will grow faster than driver-less private vehicles, in the coming 20 years. In doing that public transport will reinforce its position for the long term.


  6. Sam said, on June 27, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    Rob, pretty much all the major carmakers will have product on the market within 10 years:


  7. Rob Fittock said, on June 27, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Sam….you must be a fan of Elon Musk


  8. Sam said, on June 26, 2017 at 9:38 am

    Won’t ever happen for two reasons: (a) the costs are prohibitive, and (b) driverless cars will shortly change the role and value of public transport – why would you take a fixed route to a place if you can jump into a driverless car that can take you anywhere?


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