The WA government is spending another $ 3 million on strengthening the Fremantle traffic bridge after it completed the fender system upgrade earlier this year.
Advanteering Civil Engineers has the contract to use specialist divers to repair and strengthen the 100 pilons under water. The work should be completed by May next year.
I love Freo’s working port, so had a look around Rous Head today and took these two interesting photos.
A report in today’s Fremantle Gazette about the increase of container freight to the port by rail was revealing as the company in charge of the rail terminal stated it handles on average 12-14 trains per week. That is not even 2 per day, so why is rail not used more often I wonder?
The number of containers handled at the North Quay Rail Terminal at Fremantle Port has increased by an average of nine per cent per annum over the last five years. The NQRT has handled over 100,000 TEU, or twenty-foot equivalent units, which has reduced 400 truck trips on the roads per day.
The Intermodal Group which manages the NQRT claims that the intermodal area at Forrestfield could handle up to 20 per cent of freight by rail, which would be an increase of five per cent of its present capacity.
It shows that 80 per cent of container freight to and from Fremantle Port still comes by trucks and that is far too high. State Government should invest in a new rail bridge or tunnel and a new rail corridor that does not run through the populated west end of Fremantle, and start priority planning for a new outer harbour at Kwinana.
People living along the railway line that goes through the west of Fremantle are calling for a curfew, claiming that there are more trains running at night and the noise wakes them up.
The railway line has been there for as long as I have known Fremantle and so has Fremantle Port, which is a 24/7 working port.
I agree that the wheel squeal should be fixed as they did near the Roundhouse for the residents of Little High Street. After many trials one Saturday the best solution to combat the annoying noise was water spray and that was installed so that whenever a train comes through the rails are kept wet and there is very little wheel squeal nowadays.
I lived in one of the Pilots Cottages at Arthur Head and enjoyed the sounds of the trains passing by and also the sounds of the working port. It made me feel alive and part of the big beautiful world out there.
People who buy or rent near a railway line, pub, busy road, port, etc. should be aware that they will be inconvenienced and it is unrealistic to demand Fremantle Ports should be a daytime working port only.
I was told that people who bought apartments in North Fremantle would call Fremantle Port to complain about night noise and demand it should close from 6pm till 6am. That is pretty ridiculous and so are the calls to put a curfew on the container trains that supply the port.
Ideally one day the freight will go down another rail track and the one through the West End of town can be used for lightrail to South Beach, Coogee and Rockingham.
The WA State Government has announced the go ahead for the State’s first toll road to pay for the $ 1,6 billion freight link from Muchea to Fremantle Port.
The freeway will run West of the Kwinana Freeway and run through the environmentally very sensitive Beeliar wetlands, where about 38 hectares of bush land will be destroyed to make way for the highway extension.
It is amazing that the government allowed the rail system from the bush to run into disrepair that resulted in the closure of it. When the whole world is concerned about climate change and pollution, the Barnett government still believes that building roads is better than investing in rail.
Toll will be charged per kilometre travelled, which no doubt will put prices up and might jeopardise WA’s export chances for certain products.