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ORD STREET MADE SAFER FOR CYCLISTS

Posted in city of fremantle, cycling, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on June 24, 2020

 

The City of Fremantle has installed a series of traffic islands to separate cyclists from cars and trucks along Ord Street, between High Street and Knutsford Street, in the southbound lane.

It is one of the planned upgrades in Fremantle to encourage more people to take up cycling, and making roads safer for cyclists will help to achieve that.

The northbound cycle lane was widened through relocating the traffic lights at High Street slightly. The pedestrian crossing points at Knutsford Street have also been improved by increasing the size of the refuge islands.

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE PROJECT UPDATE

 

The High Street Upgrade project is well under way at the Stirling Highway intersection, where a large roundabout will be constructed to allow safer and faster freight truck transport to Fremantle Port. Below an update about the progress of the work from the WA Mainroads department:

Works underway Works to realign Stirling Highway southbound are nearing completion. Temporarily re-aligning southbound traffic to the east will enable the construction of the new Forrest Street underpass to commence.

Earthworks and clearing in the southern verge of High Street adjacent to the Fremantle Public Golf Course and Royal Fremantle Golf Club is progressing in stages.

Service locating is continuing to prepare for the relocation of utility assets including Western Power, Water Corporation and communications assets in the coming months.

Stirling Highway realignment

After the Easter long weekend the final stages of constructing the temporary lanes, including asphalt will be completed. Traffic will be switched onto the temporary alignment overnight towards the end of next week. Further information regarding traffic changes is overleaf.

Forrest Street underpass

Once traffic is switched to the temporary Stirling Highway southbound lanes, construction of the first third of the Forrest Street underpass will commence.

This will involve sheet piling in the centre of the underpass, then excavating to the west towards Wood Street.

Pedestrian detours are already in place to divert pedestrians and cyclists via Marmion Street while the underpass is under construction.

Wood Street north clearing

Clearing works in the verge between Stirling Highway and Wood Street (North) from Forrest Street to High Street will commence after Easter. This will enable underpass ramps and retaining walls works to commence. Noise wall footing work will also commence in May, while noise wall concrete design and procurement continues.

Traffic management will be in place on Wood Street during clearing and the street will be narrowed in areas immediately adjacent to clearing activities.

South of the Stirling Highway and High Street intersection

Earthworks and clearing is expected to commence later in April as we prepare to commence construction of the southern portion of the Stirling Highway and High Street roundabout

High Street southern verge

Earthworks will continue in the southern verge adjacent to the golf courses to construct the new westbound High Street lanes.

High Street east

Clearing in the southern verge of High Street between the Royal Fremantle Golf Club and Carrington Street is scheduled to commence after Easter. In areas where trees overhang the road, some after-hours clearing will be required.

Roadworks to remove medians along High Street between Carrington Street and Frank Gibson Park will also commence after Easter so traffic can be shifted north, and lane widths reduced to enable construction of the new westbound carriageway.

Traffic changes

Stirling Highway

When the temporary re-alignment of Stirling Highway southbound is complete, traffic will be switched to this temporary deviation after Easter to enable construction of the Forrest Street underpass.

High Street

To construct the new westbound carriageway, High Street lanes near Carrington Street will be re-aligned and reduced in width. From late March, traffic will no longer be permitted to turn right into or from High Street at Wilkinson Street, Chudleigh Street and Onslow Street.

Details regarding the traffic switch will be provided via https://project.mainroads.wa.gov/home/ and emailed to those subscribed to the project.

Roel Loopers

 

 

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COUNCIL POLITICS A BUMP IN THE ROAD

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on March 12, 2020

 

Newish South Fremantle Councillor Marija Vujcic claimed at the FPOL Committee meeting on Wednesday evening that the speed humps along South Terrace were not successful, but did not provide any evidence as to why she is of that opinion.

The officers’ report states clearly that traffic calming and reduction of speed along that stretch of road has worked, and the average speed there is now between 35-40 km/h, and that is exactly what the locals, through various intensive precinct meetings wanted to achieve. I was at at least four Sth Freo precinct meetings about this issue.

People had been complaining about the dangers to cyclists, the difficulties crossing the road, and exiting side streets onto South Tce, and hence the speed humps were installed as a temporary measure, to convince Main Roads that a 40 km/h speed limit should be introduced.

Vujcic claimed last night that side roads had become rat runs, but traffic counting by the City of Fremantle last year, showed that is not the case.

Quite funny also the South Freo Councillor complaining about a delivery truck parking across her Commercial Street driveway at 9am in the mornings. Might that be the truck delivering goods to her son’s South Beach Hotel, I wonder? ; >)

I have the feeling that Marija Vujcic simply does not want to admit the success of the speed humps, because one of her election promises was to get rid off them, which by the way was also what Fremantle Council wanted to achieve and have a permanent speed limit of 40km/h without the speed humps.

Roel Loopers

VERY BUSY FREMANTLE PORT

Posted in city of fremantle, cruises, cruiseship, fremantle ports, tourism, Uncategorized by freoview on January 10, 2020

 

Aida aura 1

Aida aura 2

 

It is very busy in Fremantle Port today with the cruiseliner AIDA aura joining the Ocean Dream Peace Boat at Victoria Quay, and they are bookended by two huge autoliners RoRo(Roll on-Roll off).

In addition to those four giants there is a third RoRo ship plus three container ships in port, so nice to see the working port in action.

The AIDA has brought a lot of German and French visitors, so Willkommen and Bonjour!

Roel Loopers

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FREEO PARKING CLARIFICATION

Posted in cars, christmas, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on December 2, 2019

 

THERE WAS A COMMENT ABOUT THE FREE CHRISTMAS PARKING IN FREMANTLE AND THE CLAIM MOTORISTS HAD TO PAY UPFRONT TO USE THE NEW PARKING SERVICE, BUT THAT HAS CHANGED ACCORDING TO THE CITY OF FREMANTLE, SEE BELOW:

I noticed the comment on your post about the free parking offer via Paystay about having to ‘pre-load’ credit in order to use PayStay.

When PayStay was first launched that was true – although it wasn’t $20 (it required a minimum credit balance of $5 and then a minimum top up amount of $5, so effectively the pre-load was $10).

However based on the initial feedback we received from the public we got PayStay to change that quite some time ago.

Now people can go onto the PayStay website https://www.paystay.com.au/ (they can do this on their phone) and set their minimum balance and top-up to zero, which therefore means you pay as to you go.

And the free parking offer is not on weekends! Only Monday to Thursday.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE DRIVERS SEEING RED

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, festivals, Fremantle Biennale, local government, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2019

 

 

One of the final events of the Undercurrent Fremantle Biennale 2019 was a tour of red-coloured cars through the streets of Fremantle on Saturday at lunch time.

They gathered at the Beach Street carpark where I took these photos.

The Biennale ends with a party on the deck of the Maritime Museum this Sunday from 5pm. See you there!

Roel Loopers

THIS TOO IS FREMANTLE

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, Uncategorized by freoview on November 11, 2019

 

car 1

car 3

car 2

 

I am not at all a person who gets excited by cars; not new ones, not by expensive ones, not by hot rods, not by vintage ones, and not by anything that has four wheels really, but I just had to take these photos in Fremantle’s Cantonment Street on Sunday.

Maybe, just maybe, I am a real man after all. ; >)

Roel Loopers

LONGER PARKING AT HENDERSON STREET CAR PARK

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2019

 

Good news for Fremantle traders and for motorists that Sirona Capital has been able to extend the parking hours of the Henderson Street car park now that it is no longer attached to the development site.

New hours are Monday to Thursday 5am-11pm and Friday to Sunday 5am-2am.

What is not good though is that readers informed me that credit card payment at City of Fremantle owned parking meters all over town is no longer available, and the response they receive from the info desk is to get coins or the parking app. One lady from out of Freo was half an hour late for a meeting this morning because of the change. Ridiculous!

Roel Loopers

MAKE FREO PARKING SMARTER

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on October 21, 2019

 

Parking is always the talk of town in Fremantle, and while I don’t believe it is a huge issue, and that there are plenty of parking bays, things could still improve.

The parking meters near the Woolstores shopping centre do not accept credit cards any more and that is ridiculous as not everyone wants to download a smart phone app to pay and we live in  cashless society where many people do not have coins with them.

Parking permits for residents require the administration to send out reminders and after that the stickers, while with the recently introduced number plate recognition CCTV parking inspectors should be able to just scan the rego plate and get a green light if the car gets free parking before 11am and after 3pm.

Making parking easier in Fremantle will be a big step forward to getting rid off the perception that it is difficult and/or expensive to park here.

Roel Loopers

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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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