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STIRLING HIGHWAY TRAFFIC OPTIONS

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, Uncategorized by freoview on May 13, 2017

Media release from the office of W.A. Minister Rita Saffioti:

Options for High Street and Stirling Highway to be developed

  • Upgrade options for Stirling Highway and High Street to be discussed
  • Solution will tackle congestion and improve road safety
  • McGowan Government delivering on election commitment

The McGowan Government is developing a number of options towards addressing traffic concerns along Stirling Highway and High Street.

The State and Commonwealth governments recently reached an agreement on a substantial $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia.

As part of the agreement, an amount of $118 million was dedicated to an inherited proposal to upgrade a section of Stirling Highway and High Street, as outlined under the previous government.

The McGowan Government is now keen to work with the City of Fremantle to develop the best solution to address traffic issues in the area.

The investigation of new options is in line with the McGowan Government’s election commitment to deliver a comprehensive alternative to the Perth Freight Link.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti will be meeting with stakeholders in coming weeks to discuss strategies.

Various options for upgrades are being developed and will be presented for discussion with the local council and community in coming months.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“We understand the community interest in the future of these roads and will be developing options towards relieving congestion and improving safety.

“There will be a range of options considered that will relieve congestion and improve road safety.”

Minister’s office – 6552 5500

 

ROE 8 -ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

Posted in beeliar wetlands, environment, fremantle, nature, perth freight link, roe 8 highway by freoview on January 11, 2017

 

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There is a call for a mass public action against the Roe 8 Highway and Barnett government this Thursday January 12 at the very early hour of 6 am. See details below as supplied by the organisers:

Join us this Thursday at Tait Place, Coolbellup near North Lake Road.
Park on Malvolio Rd and walk along the fence line.
Let’s tell Colin Barnett’s unaccountable government that – ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

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RIGHT TURN BAN AT SOUTH STREET ALL WRONG

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, TRAFFIC, western australia by freoview on July 20, 2016

The F-POL Committee of the City of Fremantle will this evening debate to apply for Black Spot funding for four locations around Fremantle where accidents frequently occur. That is important but I believe the one for the intersection of South Street and Hampton Road should be reconsidered as it will increase traffic in South Fremantle.

The officers recommend to ban right hand turns onto Hampton Road during peak hour traffic, instead of new right arrow traffic lights to accommodate the flow.

This is not a major problem for west-bound traffic as motorists familiar with the street layout will turn right from South Street into Wray Avenue at Solomon Street and take advantage of the right arrow light at the Hampton Road intersection.

It will however create a bigger problem for east-bound traffic, as those coming along Marine Parade and who turn left into South Street to join Hampton Road will now either continue down Marine Parade or try a right-hand turn into South Terrace, to get onto Hampton Road at the Douro Road intersection.

Douro Road in the late afternoon is already stand-still traffic banking up a long way down Marine Parade often as far as the Sealanes fish shop, and the same applies to South Terrace where traffic jams go as far as Jenkins Street in the afternoon.

Motorists no doubt will also turn right into Attflield Street at South Street and drive to Lefroy Road from where they can turn right onto Hampton Road.

The banning of right turns during peak hours will create serious congestion on other roads and will encourage drivers to use small suburban streets like Attfield Street. This needs a serious rethink as the proposal is not a good solution at all in my opinion.

Roel Loopers

INCOMPETENT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CREATES CHAOS IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, TRAFFIC by freoview on April 28, 2016

I have just witnessed absolute and utter traffic management incompetence in the West End of Fremantle that created chaos for hundreds of motorists.

Traffic management is not rocket science, all it needs is common sense and knowledge of the street layout of the inner city. The company the City of Fremantle contracts appears to have no clue a lot of the time, as I often witness their unacceptable efforts, where so-called traffic management is actually creating the congestion.

It started with cars being allowed to drive into Cliff Street from Phillimore Street and High Street toward Marine Terrace, but arriving there they were turned back at the roundabout in the direction they came from as there was no left turn allowed into Marine Parade because of speed hump road work near the Esplanade Hotel, so traffic management had created a cul de sac with nowhere to go but back.

Cars were also allowed to enter Mouat, Pakenham, Henry streets from High and Phillimore streets to arrive at Marine Parade where they were not allowed to turn left and had to turn right to also end up at the Cliff Street/Marine Parade roundabout where traffic was already at a near standstill.

Basic logic and the tiniest wee bit of common sense by the professional traffic controllers would have seen the need to block traffic at Cliff, Mouat and Henry streets and not allow cars to proceed to Marine Parade.

Traffic management they are not, but traffic chaos creators, and the City should give them the boot because they don’t know what they are doing.

Roel Loopers

PREMIER ADMITS TRAFFIC JAMS AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on April 20, 2016

All those people who have been attacking Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, opponents of the Perth Freight Link and me about our warnings of the traffic congestions the Perth Freight Link would create at the end of the tunnel and in North Fremantle can now eat their own words, as Premier Colin Barnett admitted on ABC Radio this morning that it will be the case.

Colin Barnett said “So the first sort of kilometre or so out of the harbour is going to be slow, but it works and from there on, when the freight link is completed, the trucks will be on a no-intersection route that will take them all the way through to Muchea.”

He also agreed with Minister Dean Nalder that the final stage-from the tunnel to the port-would not be needed for a  decade but that there will be a traffic congestion point in the meantime.

No big deal hey Premier for the people of Fremantle, East Fremantle and North Fremantle to have to put up with it, especially with significant residential development south of Freo and in the inner city. We can all meet at the bridges and maybe engage in yoga or meditation classes while we are waiting in the traffic jams every morning and evening.

Roel Loopers

HOW MANY DAYS TO RESURFACE A SMALL STREET IN FREO?

Posted in city of fremantle, local government by freoview on April 20, 2016

Residents of Maxwell Street in Beaconsfield are a bit in limbo at what to do with their cars. They received a notice from the City of Fremantle that the street would be resurfaced and cars needed to be off the road by 8 am till 4 pm from Monday the 18 to and including Wednesday 20. The letter also warned that access to the properties might be interrupted.

The profiling was indeed done on Monday but nothing has been done since, although everyone got up to move their car for the three days.

One can assume the new surface will now be put on this Thursday but that means the garbage truck won’t be able to enter the street and pick up the rubbish.

Roel Loopers

UPDATE! The machine broke down and they have just turned up but will do most of the resurfacing tomorrow, so get your cars off the road and out of your driveway early, Maxwell Street people!

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WA TREASURER: OUTER HARBOUR ONLY NEEDED IN 25 YEARS

Posted in fremantle, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on April 19, 2016

WA Treasurer Mike Nahan told the media today that the start of building the outer harbour at Kwinana was not needed in another 15 years. The government’s own estimates are that it would take ten years to build the port, so that would mean it would not open before 2040. That is an awfully long time away.

Top that with Transport Minister Dean Nalder saying that a new bridge or tunnel to connect the Perth Freight Link with Fremantle Port would not be constructed for another ten years and one realises the unacceptable planning mess this state is in.

The people of Fremantle, Melville, Cockburn and Kwinana, and other affected communities, expect better and more urgent solutions!

Roel Loopers

CITY OF FREMANTLE OPPOSES SHORT-SIGHTED TUNNEL

Posted in city of fremantle, perth freight link, western australia by freoview on April 12, 2016

Here the media release by the City of Fremantle on the proposed Perth Freight Link tunnel:

The current Perth Freight Link (PFL) proposal, with increased federal funding for a tunnel from Stock/Winterfold Road to High Street/Stirling Highway is not supported by the City of Fremantle.
“The current $1.9b outlay for Roe 8 and the Roe 9 tunnel would be for a solution that is incomplete, short-sighted, has strong community opposition and won’t solve Perth’s ongoing freight and traffic issues,” said Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt. “Among other issues including severe impacts on local communities in Fremantle, the proposed three kilometre tunnel connecting Roe 8 to Stirling Highway still fails to address the most difficult connection – from Stirling Highway at High Street across the Swan River and into Fremantle Port.

“We’ve become so frustrated by the lack of information from the state government on this critical aspect of the PFL, we’ve been forced to commission engineers to develop scenarios based on a massive new bridge and associated road works between North and East Fremantle; or a very expensive tunnel option underneath Fremantle and the Swan River.
“What that work shows is the extreme impacts this will have on the communities of East and North Fremantle, with the only alternative to overcome those issues being an expensive and complex $1.4 billion tunnel into the port. That would bring the total PFL project cost to almost $3.5 billion.” he said.

Dr Pettitt said the City strongly supports the development of a second harbour further south as a priority, allowing Fremantle port to handle manageable freight volumes into the future. This would be without the need for such a radical spend on transport infrastructure that provides only a short-term solution.

“A second harbour not only provides a long-term solution to the efficient transport of Perth’s freight issues, it does it in a way which has far less impact on people’s everyday lives and the environment – $3.5 billion goes a long way towards such a smart long-term investment in Perth’s future transport needs, both freight and domestic.”

 

PERTH FREIGHT LINK TUNNEL PROTEST

Posted in community, fremantle, perth freight link by freoview on April 12, 2016

 

A good crowd and the TV media turned up on very short notice at Bibra Lake this morning to protest about the Federal Government’s increased funding for a tunnel for the Perth Freight Link that is supposed to make freight access to Fremantle Port faster.

And the politicians turned up in droves as well, after all there are a couple of elections ahead. The Greens were represented by federal leader Richard Di Natale and Scott Ludlam, Rachel Siewert and Kate Davis, while the Labor party had Melissa Parke and Simone McGurk there.

Fremantle Council was represented by Mayor Brad Pettitt, deputy Mayor Josh Wilson and Councillors Rachel Pemberton and Dave Hume.

It is an interesting thought bubble process by the WA State and Federal governments as no one has any idea how the freight link will be connected to Fremantle Port from Stirling Highway. Stage 1 is also still waiting for new EPA approval and a challenge in court against the Supreme Court ruling. This means we would be building a very expensive Stage 2 without knowing if Stage 1 through the wetlands will get approval and how Stage 3 will be resolved. I don’t believe that is good governance or good professional planning.

Roel Loopers

 

SHOW COMMON SENSE ON THE ROADS OVER EASTER

Posted in fremantle, roads, TRAFFIC by freoview on March 24, 2016

There is a long weekend coming up again and no doubt more people will die on Western Australia’s roads, and no doubt politicians will blame police and police the government.

Since I arrived in WA in 1984 I have been aware that very many drivers here are not very good and not very considerate and that far too many have no sense of awareness and anticipation. They would not last half an hour on a German Autobahn.

The problem on our roads is not with the police or government or lack of signage, but with inconsiderate motorists who drink and drive, exceed the speed limits and basically don’t care a bit about other road users. They sit in their little castles on wheels, like kings who care little about those peasants who share the roads with them and are just a nuisance that stop them driving from A to B very fast and in the most reckless way.

When did WA allow people to drive cars without knowing the road rules? When did using indicators go out of fashion and when were speed limits just something that made you go faster instead of slowing down?

I drive my car every day and have near misses at least twice a week with people who ignore road rules. They speed through roundabouts and orange and red traffic lights, they ignore stop signs and have no idea how to merge, or they do but don’t care because it is more important to get one car space ahead in the traffic jam.

On Fremantle social media people complain how unfair it is that they have received speeding fines and lament the 50kmh limit is not signed and that it is all about revenue raising. It should not have to be signed because the road rules are clear, so learn the rules or get off the road and out of your car, because not knowing the rules makes you a danger on our roads and you’ll kill other people!

I know many people who drink and drive at least once a week and who believe there is nothing wrong with it, and I witness the aggression on the road daily with people yelling and screaming in outrage with pumping fists because someone sticks to the speed limit.

In WA it is a sport to make sure one gets ahead of the car in front when lanes merge, and no one gives a XXXX about giving way to pedestrians when they round a corner with their car.

The photo-mad egotistic selfie society turns into a selfish society when people get into their car. It’s all about me and I don’t care if that endangers other motorists, cyclists, bike riders or pedestrians

Why are we in such a mad hurry, why do we need to communicate every second of the day and can’t wait to read text messages till we have reached the end of our road trip? Why do we take unacceptable risks and don’t think about the consequences. What is wrong with us?!

It’s double demerit points, so use your brain and common sense and show some consideration on the roads this Easter weekend!

Roel Loopers

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