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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

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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FREMANTLE PORT POLITICAL FOOTBALL

 

The news that the Maritime Union of Australia-MUA have pulled out of the Westport Taskforce process, that was established to identify if, where and when a new container port is needed in WA, is as disappointing as it was predictable.

Unfortunately the process has been kidnapped by political and self interest and that makes it near impossible for Westport Taskforce chair Nicole Lockwoood and her team to remain independent.

The very first meeting I went to at the Fremantle Townhall had a commercial expert on the panel who predicted tens of thousands of job if a new port was built at Kwinana. It turned out he is the husband of the Mayor of the Town of Kwinana, so hardly an independent expert.

WA Premier Mark McGowan no doubt can also clearly see the economic benefits for his electorate of Rockingham if an international port is built just down the road from it, and the MUA is really only interested in the short-term retaining of jobs for the wharfies and worried about a largely automated new port at Kwinana, or elsewhere.

While the Labor government has promised to not privatise Fremantle Port it has not made similar promises for a new Kwinana port, and neither have the Liberal opposition.

The environmental impact on Cockburn Sound has not been investigated thoroughly and it is wrong to say that dredging would only happen at the start of the process because future dredging in the sound and Gage Roads will be needed as the size of container vessels grow.

The political argument that the Roe 8 option was excluded and therefor the process is flawed is wrong. The Labor party made the election promise not to build Roe 8, so that was clear from the start. It is also clear that the former Liberal government totally messed up the Perth Freight Link project because it could not find a solution to extend the new freight link all the way to the port, and it stopped at the Swan river.

Traffic congestion in North Fremantle and along Leach Highway are mainly caused by private cars as freight trucks to and from the port account for only 10% of the traffic volume.  The same number of trucks come to Fremantle Port as it did ten years ago, so while container import has increased it has been better handled and not resulted in more truck movements.

The Westport Takforce have stated that port related freight at Kwinana would mainly be road based, so traffic issues at Kwinana and surrounding areas need to be investigated first because it would be unfair to simply shift the traffic problems further south and away from the Fremantle area.

Moving the port from Fremantle to Kwinana would have an enormous impact on the Fremantle economy and while development along the river mouth would no doubt make partly up for that the loss of the working port would be immense and negative for our city.

While I believe the Westport Taskforce process is very thorough it is probably not helpful that they prematurely release findings and everyone jumps on the bandwagon to criticise everything they are doing. Transparency is great but appears to have become a hindrance in allowing the process to continue without political grandstanding.

First and foremost we need to see a very detailed environmental impact report for Cockburn Sound and the impact a new port at Kwinana would have on the local communities there and the traffic issues and solutions.

We should then also get to see a report on how/if Fremantle Port operations can continue and grow for 20-30 years without and increasing negative impact for North Fremantle, Melville and people living along the rail corridor.

A new freight bridge has been promised but what actually will it do to help solve all the issues we are all aware about, and would a tunnel be a better and realistic option?

There are still so many questions and not enough solutions, and it is not helpful that politicians, the MUA, the Town of Kwinana and other self interest groups are now kicking the political football around, that is going to kick a lot of goals but will probably have no winners.

My suggestion to everyone of them is to stay out of the process and allow Nicole Lockwood and her team to do what they get paid for. Once we see the final recommendations we can scrutinise the outcome and the process and accept or criticise it. No matter what the recommendations are, not everyone will be happy with it, but doing nothing is not an option as the future of Fremantle Port is not infinite.

Roel Loopers

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

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.

 

Roel Loopers

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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

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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FREO HIGH STREET UPGRADE UPDATE

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 16, 2019

 

High 6

 

The Fremantle High Street Upgrade project is one step closer to realisation with all the buildings now demolished and removed.

The Mainroads project hopes to make freigh transport to and from Fremantle Port, faster, safer and smoother, with a new large roundabout planned at the Stirling Highway intersection where many trucks have overturned in the past.

Roel Loopers

FASTER PIPES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 14, 2019

 

Good news for Fremantle traders and motorists!

Construction work for the Water Corporation Pipes for Fremantle project on Market Street and South Terrace is ahead of schedule. It was originally due for completion Friday 27 September but will now be ready this Saturday the 21st.

Next week, the current fencing will be replaced with shorter fencing in preparation for asphalting the road. The team aims to have all reinstatement work completed and the northbound traffic lane reopened by COB, Saturday 21 September.

This work will continue between 7am to 7pm. The northbound traffic lane remains closed between High Street and Essex Street during this time.

Construction work on Pakenham Street will start Monday 23 September and will continue for about four weeks.

Further information about this work including traffic management, will be provided by Watercorp soon.

Roel Loopers

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HIGH STREET PROJECT SECURITY WASTE OF MONEY

Posted in city of fremantle, freight, fremantle port, state government, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on September 13, 2019

 

One has to wonder why Mainroads is wasting so much money on having 24/7 security guards at the Fremantle High Street Upgrade project. They are now ‘protecting’ bare soil as the homes have been demolished so there is nothing to vandalise or steal.

The formers occupants have stated they will not protest as a deal was done about planting thousands of sapplings to compensate for the loss of trees.

Roel Loopers

 

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