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PIPES FOR FREMANTLE WORKSHOP

Posted in city of fremantle, fremantle chamber of commerce, traders, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 16, 2019

 

You are invited Pipes for Fremantle 2020 Workshop

LOW SPEED HIGH STREET FREIGHT PROJECT

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on November 6, 2019

 

 

The High Street Upgrade Project by Mainroads is going extremely slow.  I hear roadworks won’t be starting before February next year, so one has to wonder what is holding it up.

The City of Fremantle demolished the houses and FERN two months ago, so why is this important freight project not a priority for the State Government and a project that has to advance as fast as possible?

The proposed large roundabout at the Stirling Highway and High Street intersection is designed to allow trucks to go faster and to help speed up the freight trip to Fremantle Port, so why there is a five-month pause in the construction of it is questionable.

Roel Loopers

 

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TRAFFIC CALMING NOT ONLY IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 23, 2019

 

traffic calming

 

I noticed this photo on the internet and wanted to share it with those in our community who believe that the road painting and traffic calming along South Terrace and Wray Avenue are just a mad brain snap by a left loony fringe Fremantle Council.

This road art is in Memphis in the USA.

There is also still the road art in Mouat Street that was painted for the first Fremantle Biennale. That stretch of road should be converted into a shared road with lower speed limit and a more pedestrian friendly environment for Notre Dame University students.

I wished we had more colour in our cities, also on large developments.

Roel Loopers

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PIPES FOR FREMANTLE UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, parking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 11, 2019

 

The following work is planned for the week commencing Monday 14 October 2019:

  • Monday 14 October 2019:
    • The intersection of Bannister Street and Pakenham Street will be closed (local access to Bannister Street will be from Market Street)
    • Pakenham Street between High Street and Leake Street will remain closed until 23 October (local driveway access will remain as is from either Leake Street or High Street depending on the driveway location)
  • Tuesday 15 October 2019:
    • The intersection of Nairn Street and Pakenham Street will be closed (local access to Nairn Street will be from Collie Street)
    • Pakenham Street between High Street and Leake Street will remain closed until 23 October (local driveway access will be from Leake Street)
  • Tuesday 15 October 2019 – Night Work:
    • There will be night work from 10pm Tuesday 15 October to 4am Wednesday 16 October at the intersection between Nairn Street and Pakenham Street, this intersection will remain closed (local access to Nairn Street will be from Collie Street)
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019:
    • The intersection between Nairn Street and Pakenham Street will remain closed (local access to Nairn Street will be from Collie Street).
    • The intersection between Nairn Street and Pakenham Street will be re-opened by the end of the day
  • Wednesday 16 October 2019 – Night Work:
    • There will be night works from 10pm to 4am at the intersection of Leake Street and Pakenham Street
    • Water outages will affect properties on Pakenham Street from Leake Street to Short Street
  • Thursday 17 October 2019:
    • Pakenham Street will be closed from Bannister Street to High Street. Please follow the detour in place along Bannister Street
  • Thursday 17 October 2019 – Night Work:
    • There will be night work from 10pm Thursday 17 October to 4am Friday 18 October at the following locations:
    • The intersection of Leake Street and Pakenham Street
    • Pakenham Street on the south side of High Street
    • Water outages will affect properties on Leake Street from Pakenham Street to Point Street during this time
    • Water outages will affect properties on the south side of High Street between Pakenham Street and Market Street during this time
    • Pakenham Street will be closed from Bannister Street to High Street. Please follow the detour in place along Bannister Street
    • Customers to be impacted by a water outage will be notified 48 hours in advance, the notification will include details on who to contact regarding the outage
  • Friday 18 October 2019:
    • Pakenham Street will be closed from Bannister Street to High Street. Please follow the detour in place along Bannister Street
    • Pakenham Street from Bannister Street to High Street will be re-opened by the end of the day.

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SHOULD FREO HAVE ARTY PEDESTRIAN CROSSINGS?

Posted in art, city of fremantle, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 3, 2019

 

Zebra crossing

 

Fremantle has already implemented some arty road painting to slow traffic down in South Fremantle, but wouldn’t a zebra crossing like this one in China be a great way to slow down motorists, and no doubt it would become a tourist attraction as well.

The optical illusion no doubt would make me slow down before driving over it, and it looks great.

Roel Loopers

GOOD SOUTH FREMANTLE TRAFFIC CALMING

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on October 2, 2019

 

Thank you to Sean Hefferon, the convenor of the South Fremantle Precinct, who has received following update about the impact of the annoying, but effective, traffic calming speedhumps along South Terrace in South Fremantle:

SOUTH FREMANTLE-SOUTH TERRACE TRAFFIC UPDATE

Early last month the South Fremantle Precinct sought an update from the City of Fremantle on the traffic calming measures installed along South Tce.

Key takeaways include: (1) Average vehicle speeds along South Tce have (not surprisingly) decreased to an average of 36kmh,

NB: Main RoadsWA requires evidence that traffic speed has reduced (and can be sustained) before they will consider applications to install a reduced speed zone.

Based on the data it seems that the CoF will be able to seek permission from MRWA to install a reduced speed zone of 40kmh; (2) Traffic volumes have decreased along South Tce.

That is good news, Sean, and hopefully we can get the controversial speedhumps removed and nave a permanen 40kph zone along that stretch.

Roel Loopers

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PIPES FOR FREMANTLE UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 29, 2019

 

The following work is planned for the week commencing Monday 30 September:

  • Monday 30 September
    • No work will take place on the Queens Birthday public holiday.
  • Tuesday 1 October to Thursday 3 October
    • Pakenham Street will be closed from Bannister Street to High Street. Please follow the detour in place along Bannister Street.
    • Driveway access for residents will be maintained.
  • Night works Tuesday 1 October and Wednesday 2 October
    • Work will be completed between 7pm and 7am at the intersection of Pakenham Street and High Street.
    • This work is carried out at night to avoid impacting busy road traffic during the day.
  • Wednesday 2 October
    • Pakenham Street from High Street to Leake Street will be closed between 7am and 5pm.
  • Water outage 10pm Wednesday 2 October to 6am Thursday 3 October
    •  Properties on the south side of High Street between Pakenham Street and Market Street only.
  • Thursday 3 October
    • The intersection of Bannister Street and Pakenham Street will be partially closed with traffic management in place.
    • Pakenham Street from Bannister Street to High Street will reopen by COB.

 

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CAPPUCCINO STRIP TRAFFIC BACK TO NORMAL

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 22, 2019

 

Pipes

 

Traffic along Fremantle’s South Terrace is back to normal after Watercorp finished the Pipes for Fremantle work at the Cappuccino Strip.

From tomorrow, Monday September 23, work will start in Pakenham Street, so best to avoid that south/north link for a while.

Roel Loopers

CHALLENGING FREMANTLE PORT FUTURE

Posted in city of fremantle, city planning, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 19, 2019

 

The protest yesterday by the MUA-Maritime Union of Australia in front of Minister Simone McGurk’s office in Fremantle made me wonder why the union is not engaged in finding solutions.

It is by now well known that Fremantle Port can easily handle many more containers and could remain a working port for another 20-25 years, but that the issues are with how freight gets to and from the port, so has the MUA offered any ideas on how to solve that?

Why does MUA’s Chris Cain not sit down with Fremantle Ports, the trucking and stevedore companies and try to find solutions so that they get the people in North Fremantle and near Leach highway on their side?

I am always skeptical about a layperson offering quick solutions, so my suggestions are merely meant to be the start of a discussion among the experts.

Why not demand, or even enforce, 24/7 freight on road, more after business hours movement, so that there is less congestion during the day time?

Why not encourage or enforce that trucks can not arrive empty to pick up containers, but also have to deliver on the same trip? That might require more computerised collaboration between trucking companies, but it would make freight by road more efficient and hence more cost efficient. A win win for all.

Trucks that can only transport one single container should be banned as it is inefficient and clogs up roads. Coming back from the dentist yesterday I was at a North Fremantle traffic light where I saw nine trucks coming through and all of them just carrying one container. That is silly.

More freight on rail is also helpful but there is an issue with noise and vibration for people in the west end of Fremantle, and the current line cannot handle double stacking, so growth is limited even when a new bridge is built.

Fremantle Port is one of the most efficient ports in Australia so the MUA members clearly know what they are doing, so they should put their considerable experience toward trying to make the freight part of the operation more efficient and less of a burden on the local community.

And one more word to Chris Cain and his threat that the Member for Fremantle will be gone at the next election. Do you really believe that Lisa-I should think before I speak-Harvey and Bill-I must have been absent when God handed out brains-Marmion will be more supportive of the MUA than the current government?

Simone McGurk is a very hard working and excellent minister who has some very challenging portfolios, such as child protection and domestic violence. She does not deserve the MUA threat.

I love the working port and hope it will remain for a very long time, but consideration must also be given to the residents in North Fremantle and along the road and rail freight corridors, so it is a much bigger issue than just jobs for wharfies.  The MUA should be pro-active in investigation which kind of new jobs a new port might have to offer and assist in retraining some of their members.

But there is no need for panic as a new port if built at Kwinana will be a very slow and long process, and Chris Cain will long have retired by then and I will be long dead.

Roel Loopers

PIPES FOR FREMANTLE GOING FAST

Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 17, 2019

 

Pipes for Freo

 

The Pipes for Fremantle project by the Water Corporation is ahead of schedule and that means the Cappuccino Strip will open this Saturday at the end of business.

Resurfacing is currently happening so the northbound lane remains closed until Saturday evening.

Roel Loopers

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