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MAKING CROSSING SAFER FOR BEACY SCHOOL KIDS

Posted in children, city of fremantle, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 2, 2018

 

The community information session about safer pedestrian crossing-especially for Beacy Primary school students- at Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection raised more questions for me than it provided answers.

It is good to see City of Fremantle staff together with Main Roads experts willing to answer questions from community members and parents, and it was also good to see the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk there and South Ward Councillor Jon Strachan.

But my first question is why did the City only do a trial for option 1 and closed off the right turns into Scott Street, when the initial thinking was that the pedestrian crossing would be safer if moved 40-50 metres south from the intersection?

Now they prefer to go ahead with the moving of the pedestrian crossing south, but still want to keep the restriction of turning right into Scott Street. Why not do a trial and move the pedestrian crossing and re-open Scott Street and test what happens, before doing both?

I also did not at all get the point the Main Road engineer made that a push button pedestrian crossing light was less safe for children than lollypop attendants, because supposedly motorists might not be able to stop in time for the red light in wet weather while the kids are already on the road. Surely the same danger applies with lollypop people in attendance, and for everyone on the road really.

I was also flabbergasted to hear that Maxwell Street, which now gets a lot more traffic since the no go right turn into Scott Street, does not get the flashing 40kmh school hours lights because it is not within the school zone. Hale Road runs east along the school and Maxwell Street west along the Beaconsfield Primary School, so why do Hale Road and Scott Street have such flashing school zone hour lights but Maxwell Street is not considered to be in the same school safety zone? Sorry, but that is Yes Minister kind of nonsense.

You can have your say till August 22 on the My Say section on the City of Fremantle website, and help make sure that the State Government’s $ 200,000 allocated for the improvements will be well and wisely spent to the satisfaction of the community.

Roel Loopers

 

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TWO FREO COMMUNITY INFO SESSIONS TODAY!

 

A reminder that there are two community informations sessions in Fremantle later today.

From 5.30-6pm you can look at the latest plans for the Woolstores shopping centre redevelopment at the City of Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.

And from 6pm at the Beaconsfield Primary School City staff will explain the options for traffic calming and pedestrian crossing at Scott Street and Hampton Road in South Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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NO PEDESTRIAN CROSSING LIGHTS FOR BEACY PRIMARY KIDS

Posted in children, city of fremantle, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is keen to do the right thing for the South Fremantle community, which has been demanding safer pedestrian crossing at Hampton Road for children and parents going to the Beaconsfield Primary School, but there won’t be pedestrian lights installed.

Main Roads has indicated to City officers that it won’t support that because of the low number of pedestrians crossing at the Scott Street intersection. On average only 83 pedestrians crossed in the mornings and 53 in the afternoons, while the Main Roads criteria is for at least 350 pedestrians crossings daily to support traffic lights.

So now another community consultation is under way with affected residents receiving letters in the mail from CoF.

Option 1 is to replace the pedestrian crossing bollards with flashing lights and to adjust the kerbing on the median island that was installed last year to allow vehicles to enter and exit properties on Hampton Road from the right. It still means no right turn into Scott Street when coming from the south on Hampton Road and that has increased traffic in Maxwell Street a lot.

Option 2 is replacing the bollards with flashing pedestrian crossing lights before and after school crossing times and improve the pedestrian refuge by widening the median island at Scott Street.

The preferred community option of moving the pedestrian crossing 50 metres south closer to Lloyd Street, preferred by 65% appears to have been abandoned, so neither options will please the community I assume.

A community information session will be held at Beacy Primary on Thursday August 2 at 6pm and you can have your say at: http://www.mysay.fremantle.wa,gov.au

 

Roel Loopers

 

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SOUTH FREO SOUTH TERRACE UPGRADE STARTED

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, placemaking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 19, 2018

 

 

South Terrace upgrade

 

Works to improve the streetscape along a section of South Terrace in South Fremantle have started

The upgrade, at the intersections of South Terrace, Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane, will create new road surfaces and footpaths painted in vibrant colours inspired by Fremantle’s street art. It will also include new bike racks and seating, street trees, rubbish bins and drainage improvements.

The placemaking includes the widening of the footpath which will create a bigger, pedestrian-friendly area and increase the amount of alfresco space, while the new paving, street furniture and trees will make it a better lingering node space for people to enjoy,

It is anticipated that reducing the width of the road will make it safer for people to cross the street and encourage drivers to slow down, which will also allow the removal of the very unpopular temporary speed humps in that section of South Terrace.

The project is being funded with the assistance of a $200,000 grant from the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program.

The design was the subject of community consultation in November last year, with 73 per cent of respondents supporting the changes. Several other public meetings organised by the South Fremantle precinct, and attended by South Fremantle Councillors and City of Fremantle staff, were held at The Local last year to hear community concerns and ideas.

This is only stage one of the improvements to South Terrace in South Fremantle, so let’s hope that they work for traffic calming and making the area more pleasant and safe for all. The entire stretch from South Street to Douro Road is due for a traffic calming and an upgrade that will hopefully result in Mainroads allowing the City to lower the speed limit to 40kph.

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FREMANTLE BUDGETS FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

 

The City of Fremantle budget for 2018-19 includes a $2.5 million program to improve and maintain roads. Major resurfacing works have been scheduled for sections along Hampton Road, Rockingham Road, Lefroy Road, Marine Terrace and High Street.

There will also be works to improve road safety for motorists and pedestrians along Stirling Highway, Marine Terrace and McCabe Street.

All of the road millings that are dug up as part of the resurfacing program will be collected and re-used in other city projects, like the upgraded Recycling Centre and the new Cappuccino Strip carpark.

By using recycled materials the City does not have to buy new limestone road base and does not have to pay to dispose of the stripped road material in landfill, so it delivers a significant saving.

The upgrade of a second section of South Terrace in South Fremantle is also included in the budget, with work on the first ‘node’ at the intersections of South Terrace, Little Lefroy Lane and Sydney Street beginning later this month.

The location of a second ‘node’ is still to be confirmed subject to more community feedback. It involves reducing the width of the road, changing the colour of the road surface and widening the footpath, as well as adding new paving, street furniture and trees.

The changes will encourage drivers to slow down, make it safer for people to cross the street and will increase the amount of alfresco space.The works are designed to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and will also allow the removal of the much debated and disliked temporary speed humps in that section of South Terrace.

Interesting to note that the budget also includes $25,000 to develop a concept plan to create a new town square in front of the Fremantle Railway Station and upgrade Queen Street

A new town square and the relocation of the bus port has been debated for very many years but the reluctance of the Public Transport Authority to move the bus port further east means the idea has had a few plans drawn up but was never realised. Why there is need for yet another costly concept plan I do not understand. I won’t hold my breath that we will see any changes there soon.

Roel Loopers

COLOURFUL HILTON TOWN CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, hilton, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2018

 

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The Hilton town centre has become a bit more colourful and traffic changes hopefully will make it safer as well.

It looks quite cute, although the low fence-like structures could have been at least a metre high.

The no right turn out of Paget Street onto South Street was ignored already as the tall photo I took this morning shows.

Roel Loopers

HIGH STREET UPGRADE INFO TODAY!

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 30, 2018

 

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Come along to the drop-in sessions to see the draft concept plan and speak to the project team of Main Roads WA, who will be available to answer questions.

Drop-in anytime TODAY from 4pm to 7pm on Monday 30 April or 3pm to 6pm on Thursday 10 May at Stackwood, Stack Street, Fremantle.

View the draft concept plan and read more project information on the website – https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

 

 

The community consultation by Main Roads about the Fremantle High Street/Stirling Highway upgrade is starting with the department sending out letters to nearby residents from today.

The proposed upgrade from Carrington Road to Stirling Highway is part of the $ 2.3 billion Road and Rail Infrastructure package which is funded by the state and federal governments.

Key features for the upgrade are a new roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway, a wide median to separate traffic and preserve mature trees, and a single lane service road for residents north of High Street.

The concept design period is expected to take up to six months so that the community will have ample time to comment and be informed.

People can provide feedback by completing a survey online at https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

Or send an email to highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au<mailto:highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au>

Posting to PO Box 6202 EAST PERTH WA 6892 or phoning 138 138

There will be an information display at the City of Fremantle Library from Monday 7 May.

Roel Loopers

PHILLIMORE STREET PART CLOSURE!

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2018

 

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A warning for all motorists who use Phillimore Street in Fremantle’s West End. There will be part closure of the street this week for traffic going toward Fleet Street, Victoria Quay, the South Mole, and Henry and Cliff Street, so avoid the area.

A good way to avoid it is Peter Hughes Drive that runs parallel to Phillimore Street!

 

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MEET THE MAYOR IN HILTON

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, community, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on March 28, 2018

 

 

People in the Hilton area can find out more about the traffic improvements in the town centre and other things at Charlies cafe today from 11 am when Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt conducts his Mayor in the Square community consultation.

Some of the ward councillors will also attend, so go and have a chat, great coffee and food and connect with your local members.

Roel Loopers

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