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DOWN DOWN SPEEDHUMPS ARE DOWN

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 17, 2017

 

A little relief for all those who complained about the new speedhumps in Fremantle.

Ten humps were removed from South Terrace, four from Ord Street and two from Wray Avenue, so it is a bit more comfy to drive along those streets.

Speedhumps are unfortunately a necessary evil, as too many motorists ignore road rules and show little consideration for cyclists and pedestrians.

If motorists behaved more maturely and responsibly we might one day live in a world without the ugly traffic calming devices.

 

Roel Loopers

TRAFFIC CALMING IS COMMUNITY WISH

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on June 28, 2017

 

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Social media is an interesting indication on how well informed or ill-informed the community is, what they believe in, what they are passionate about, and how some people just want to use social media to release anger and negativity.

The recently installed speedhumps in Fremantle are getting a lot of feedback on Facebook, with some people saying they don’t slow down traffic, while others claim they create traffic jams.

People ask why speedhumps instead of lowering the speed limit, but local government can only do that if Mainroads agree to do so, and they did not in these instances.

My own observation, and that is not an opinion, is that vehicles are considerably slowing down in Ord and Ellen streets and Wray Avenue and South Terrace, from doing around 50kph to only 30kph.

I know that my old car will complain and the shockies cry out when I go over a speedhump too fast.

There are also those who believe speedhumps are a unique Fremantle thing and show that Freo Council are lunatics, but speedhumps are used all over Australia and the world to calm traffic and they need to be approved by the WA Mainroads Department.

Traffic calming is mostly implemented after complaints about traffic from local residents and businesses, so Fremantle Council is accommodating those who are affected most by it.

Roel Loopers

CURTIN AVE TO REMAIN FREIGHT LINK TO FREO PORT

Posted in freight, fremantle, fremantle ports, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on October 11, 2016

Plans by the Mainroads Department to put a tunnel from Stock Road under the Swan River, Dalkeith and Nedlands to connect with Mount Claremont, indicate that Curtin Avenue and West Coast Highway will remain an important freight link even if the Perth Freight Link is built.

The plans show a widening of Fremantle’s Curtin Avenue to four lanes for its full length to West Coast Highway. “Curtin Avenue and West Coast Highway are classified as a major freight route and form part of the northerly freight route from the Fremantle Inner Harbour to the northern suburbs, the Subiaco POST reports.

The plans are open for comment until October 28.

Curtin Avenue would be extended to link with Stirling Highway near the North Fremantle Primary School.

This is a part of the Perth and Peel strategic land use plan that aims to achieve 3.5 million people in the region by 2050, although recent numbers have shown a slowing of people moving to WA and many moving away since the mining downturn.

STOP PRESS! Transport Minister Bill Marmion has just announced the State Government signed two contracts worth $ 450 million for the extension of Roe 8 Highway and a Stock Road interchange. The Minister told the media this morning that he hoped construction could start before Christmas this year.

Roel Loopers

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FREO TRAFFIC BRIDGE REOPENING TUESDAY

Posted in fremantle, TRAFFIC, western australia by freoview on May 2, 2016

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Good news for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians! Mainroads has issued a statement saying that after a final inspection this evening the old Fremantle traffic bridge will reopen tomorrow.

Workers today braced the wooden piles that are holding up the bridge by tying steel ties around them to prevent movement of the piles.

The bridge was suddenly closed on Friday night when erosion was discovered at one of the piers.

Roel Loopers

 

PERTH FREIGHT LINK PROBLEMS ARE TOO BIG TO BELITTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on November 6, 2015

After last week’s Thinking Allowed in the Fremantle Herald about the Perth Freight Link by Fremantle Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson, this week commercial advisor to the energy industry Martin Lee writes down his thoughts in the Chook. Both opinion pieces are well worth reading, as it is essential to try to have a mature debate about it and ideally leave political grandstanding behind.

I for one believe it is very good that premier Colin Barnett does not want to commit-yet-to stage 2 and 3, but one would then have to question the value of Roe 8. I believe the government jumped the gun by announcing the PFL far too early and before the proper planning and environmental processes had been finalised. But it is better to now hold back and see if a good outcome can be found instead of stubbornly continuing with the road to nowhere.

It is of course wrong to believe that an outer harbour would solve the freight traffic problems to the Fremantle port inner harbour, because Kwinana would only be an overflow port. It will also take up to 20 years to construct a port in Cockburn Sound, so the truck traffic problems to Fremantle port will only get worse.

Freight on rail by all means, but the reality, according to experts, is that it is unlikely to get to the desired 30%, which means more than 70% of freight to the port will still come by road. Truck traffic will dramatically increase over the next years and that means worse traffic problems in North Fremantle and along Leach Highway.

The outer harbour would also create serious environmental issues and threatens the sea grass in Cockburn Sound and traffic in that area would significantly increase and another wetlands threatened. The CUSP supported Latitude 32 requires the construction of a new freeway from Tonkin Highway to Kwinana, so what damage to the environment and communities would result from that?

It would probably also require new legislation to force trucking companies to install GPS systems to see if they use the proposed toll road and one could also question if that can be done or contravenes privacy and civic liberty laws.

There are simply far too many questions and unresolved issues to rush into building the Perth Freight Link. A priority should be to see how we can increase freight on rail and how we can get containers into the inner harbour at Fremantle without messing up North and East Freo, and it is essential to seriously start planning an outer harbour.

It is in my opinion prudent that the Premier just wants to sit on this untill all problems have been addressed professionally without hype and spin and hot air. For me this is not about which political party will have bragging rights and claims a win because the PFL is or isn’t constructed, but it is what is best for Fremantle and the affected areas.

It’s time to chill, relax, stop the political power muscling and just deal with the facts. There will be no great outcome one way or the other so huge compromises will have to be made. Freo port won’t close in a hurry so we need to address the traffic problems, create incentives for trucking companies to travel at night, etc. This is huge, so let’s not pretend anyone has the answers!

Roel Loopers

PERTH FREIGHT LINK. IF IT SMELLS LIKE SHIT…

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on October 6, 2015

No doubt it is all just one huge coincidence that W.A. Mainroads want a wider road reserve at Port Beach Road in North Fremantle to feed Fremantle Ports trucks to a future realigned Curtin Avenue into Cottesloe, as the Western Suburbs newspaper reports today.

It has of course absolutely nothing to do with the planned Perth Freight Link, if one can believe the spokeswoman who talked to the newspaper.

Cottesloe also has nothing to fear from trucks spilling into the town, Mainroads told Cottesloe Council and that only two per cent of Port related trucks travel along Port Beach Road and that will not change with the PFL. Maybe not but if the number of trucks doubles that will double as well.

But wait! Its own documents and estimations show that Mainroads believes up to 42 per cent of trucks will be leakings, as they call it, from major routes to suburban streets. It is estimated some 13,200 trucks will use the PFL so you can do your own calculations on how many trucks will keep going along Leach Highway for example and through Melville. Take note Mayor Russell Aubrey!

The Leighton Beach area east of Tydeman Road is earmarked for residential development, a hotel has just been approved at the beach, but Mainroads wants to widen the road to accommodate more trucks. Great planning!

Mainroads might us all want to believe that the Perth Freight Links smells like roses but if it looks and smells like shit, it most likely is shit.

Roel Loopers

ROEL FOR FREO! Beaconsfield Ward. Truly Independent. 

Written and authorised by Roel Loopers of 5 Maxwell Street, Beaconsfield 6162.

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JOIN THE FREIGHT LINK BRIDGE PROTEST!

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on September 9, 2015

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Come to the PERTH FREIGHT LINK PROTEST this Sunday under the Stirling Bridge at 9.30 am. It is very important the keep the pressure on the State and Federal governments because the whole process is clearly a shambles, as was confirmed at a briefing with MAINROADS officers yesterday.

There is not yet funding for the final stage and they still have no idea what they are going to do. They want to duplicate Stirling Bridge west of the present one, as that was always planned, but how to address the North Fremantle bottleneck they just don’t know. It sounded like they are looking at an overpass or something else to bypass Tydeman Road, but that could only be for trucks I’d assume as otherwise private cars would end up on Port Beach Road and would create traffic chaos going north along Curtin Avenue

Mainroads said their estimation is that there will be hardly an increase in truck traffic to the north through the western suburbs.

It looks to me as the State is wasting a huge amount of money on consultants and staff hours on a project that can’t have a good outcome and that will destroy North Fremantle and parts of Hamilton Hill, Beaconsfield, White Gum Valley, East Fremantle and Palmyra. RETHINK THE LINK, Premier Colin Barnett!

Roel Loopers.

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WHAT DOES THE COMMUNITY WANT AT THE ESPLANADE?

Posted in city of fremantle, esplanade reserve by freoview on June 10, 2015

I had a wander around the Fremantle Esplanade Reserve this morning to get a better idea of what the draft new Masterplan for the reserve is all about and until I have seen detailed drawings I am not convinced that the proposed location for a so-called ‘park hub’ that would require the relocation of the long-established Carriage Cafe, is in the right spot between the ferris wheel and skatepark.

I walked it out and the distance from the path at the railway crossing into the Fishing Boat Harbour to the Youth Plaza is only 30 metres long, and it would only be a 20 short metres from the railway line that might well see more frequent container transport and double stacked containers to accommodate Fremantle Port. Is that the appropriate location for a cafe and shade structures where people would sit next to the very noisy trains and deal with dust, etc? I don’t think so!

When one looks south from the ferris wheel the triangular grass area to the right along the railway line will be developed into a half-size basketball court, so the noise of bouncing balls all day long is not a great invitation to sit and relax nearby and have a meal.

I talked to Carriage Cafe owner Kel Smith who told me he owns the structure and, as a structural engineer, he does not believe it can be moved without doing serious damage to the cafe, so have the officers and consultants considered that in their draft proposal?

The other issue is the extension of Norfolk Street to Mews Road. It would require Mainroads to do that and the PTA to create yet another railway crossing in the area. They spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on new railway crossings that were supposedly needed for the millions of spectators for the ISAF world sailing championships, who never arrived.

Will the PTA be willing to close one railway crossing to open up another one at considerable costs, and will State Government be willing to invest in extending Norfolk Street?

Extending Norfolk Street would likely increase traffic along Parry Street substantially, but the City of Fremantle has also flagged they want to use Fremantle Oval more often for events and concerts. How are we going to address thousands of people coming to a major event having to negotiate heavy traffic along Parry Street?

Moving events from the Esplanade is not going to happen fast as the Jerome Laneway festival received a 10 year lease, if I am correct. I don’t know what the arrangement with the Chilli and other festivals are and if they are long term, but the ice rink has a five year agreement as well.

So far for me the best thing in the draft Masterplan is to create to pedestrian crossings on Marine Parade. they are long overdue and I welcome them.

The proposed new Esplanade Masterplan needs a lot of thinking about details and consequences and it needs a very long period of real community consultation where Council will actually listen and implement what the inner city residents want on the Esplanade. There is still a lot of bad blood about the EYP and Council needs to do better this time.

Roel Loopers

FREIGHT LINK HOPE FOR PALMYRA

Posted in development, fremantle, perth freight link, state government by freoview on May 19, 2015

Dean Nalder, the Minister for Traffic Chaos, told ABC radio late yesterday afternoon that he is not convinced that the present proposed route for the Perth Freight Link to Fremantle Port is the ideal and best one, so there is some hope for home owners in Palmyra that they won’t be forced to sell their houses to Main Roads to make way for the terribly ill-conceived tollroad that will create traffic chaos, pollution, noise and splitting up communities.

This road is going to be a fast truck road to nowhere as they will all get stuck in the bottleneck at North Fremantle and the Minister has not indicated that substantial changes would be made there. Widening roads, overpasses, etc. would be extremely detrimental to the lifestyle of North Freo residents and could destroy that community. I fear it is too late to hope that sanity will prevail at State Government and the idea for the Freight Link will be scrapped.

It is very strange and comes across as piecemeal governance that the Minister is still thinking about the right route for the road when already a consortium of builders have been shortlisted to start building it in probably less than a year from now. It looks as if Minister Nalder does not communicate well with his department.

Roel Loopers

FREO TRAFFIC BRIDGE COLLAPSE CATASTROPHIC

Posted in city of fremantle by freoview on July 28, 2014

A report in today’s WEST AUSTRALIAN newspaper highlights again the unacceptable condition of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge, with the newspaper citing a report by ARUP for the Public Transport Authority that a single blow to the bridge by a vessel the size of a Rottnest Island ferry could make the bridge collapse. Thousands of vehicles, including busses and trucks carrying livestock and containers cross the bridge daily, so a collapse would be catastrophic.

One has to seriously question how State Government sets its priorities when there is sufficient money for a new football stadium and the Elizabeth Quay project, but the Traffic Bridge only receives patch-up jobs, on which the government has spent over $ 12 million.

Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk said that ten years ago an expert engineers’ report said that the bridge was at an unacceptable risk of collapse if struck by a vessel. “A new bridge would be a much better use of taxpayers’ dollars than the Abbott Government ridiculous Perth Freight Line” McGurk said.

It is estimated that a new traffic bridge would cost approximately $ 190 million or a combined rail and traffic bridge $ 233 million.

Roel Loopers

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