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CONTINUING FREMANTLE PORT ONLY SECOND OPTION FOR WESTPORT TASKFORCE

Posted in city of fremantle, containers, freight, fremantle ports, maritime, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2019

 

The WESTPORT TASKFORCE has released its shortlist for future port operations and the preferred one is # 1- is the option 23 on the long list that would see a stand-alone land-backed port handling all container freight at Kwinana. The new port would extend from the Kwinana Bulk Jetty to the Alcoa jetty.

Option #2 is the long list Fremantle option 2 plus Kwinana option 24 for a shared port with a new one at Kwinana and Fremantle Port remaining as it is with some road, rail and operational enhancements.

Option # 3 would be as option # 2 but with a so called Blue Highway of shallow barges transporting containers from Fremantle to Kwinana.

From the Westport Taskforce:

While all of the assessment criteria were deemed to be of high importance, the assigned weightings are further explained below:

1. Capital expenditure and land acquisition costs, as a combined criterion, was weighted highest (18.2 per cent) as affordability was considered the most important criterion for the State. It is critical that Westport delivers an outcome that is fnancially responsible for the State.

2. Similarly, operations and maintenance costs received the second highest weighting of 16.4 per cent, as the fnal option must be commercially viable and affordable for the long-term.

3. Land use compatibility was weighted third at 14.5 per cent, as the impacts of expanded road and rail corridors, increased freight movement and/or a new port would be signifcant on nearby residences.

4. Marine environmental impacts were weighted highly at 12.7 per cent as a result of strong community support for this criterion.

5. Terrestrial environmental impacts were also weighted highly at 9.1 per cent, again in acknowledgment of the importance of this value to the community.

6. Net amenity impacts – such as impacts on recreation, visual amenity and beach use – were weighted equally at 9.1 per cent, based on strong community feedback around these issues.

7. The ability to expand the infrastructure (scalability) in the long-term if required and operational effciency was similarly weighted at 9.1 per cent.

8. Other determining factors were deemed to be heritage impacts (5.5 per cent), port and transport corridor access (3.7 per cent) and land availability and complexity of acquisitions (1.8 per cent)

Roel Loopers

TRAFFIC DELAYS ON CAPPUCCINO STRIP

Posted in cappuccino strip, city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 14, 2019

 

Pipes

 

Just a warning that there are minor traffic delays along the Fremantle Cappuccino Strip because of the Pipes for Fremantle maintenance work by Water Corp.

The Cappuccino Strip is only one lane traffic regulated by traffic management people.

Roel Loopers

PIPES FOR FREMANTLE STARTS TODAY

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 12, 2019

 

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Pipes 2

 

The Pipes for Fremantle project to replace old water pipes in the Fremantle CBD by Water Corp has started today in Bannister and Collie streets.

Roel Loopers

LATEST INFO FOR PIPES FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, community, traders, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 9, 2019

 

Pipes for Fremantle

 

Here the latest info from Water Corp about the Pipes for Fremantle:

Bannister Street and Collie Street construction work will start on week of Monday 12 August 2019.

This work will be carried out Monday – Saturday 7am-7pm.

  • Bannister Street – Week of 12 August to the week of 2 September 2019
  • Collie Street – Week of 12 August to the week of 9 September 2019

Construction dates for Pakenham Street, Market Street and South Terrace will be provided in due course.

Service locating:

Market Street and South Terrace underground service locating will continue from the week of Monday 12 August 2019.

  • 12 August to 16 August 2019 from 7am to 5pm (weekdays only).
  • 19 August to 21 August 2019 from 8pm to 5am (noise management plans will be in place during night works).

Members of the project team will be visiting businesses on Market Street and South Terrace next week to discuss the work including any planned traffic management.

Open House sessions – Businesses invited for Tuesday, 3 September 2019 (4pm-6pm).

Another Open House Information session will take place at our Pipes for Fremantle Pop-Up shop located at 66 High Street, Fremantle.

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SILLY MEDIA PUSH FOR REJECTED PERTH FREIGHT LINK

 

I find it quite astonishing that the West Australian and its related West Media outlets keep pushing for the Roe 8 highway to be built when the McGowan Labor government received a clear mandate for scrapping the Perth Freight Link when it won the last WA election by a huge landslide.

While the West never forgets to remind us that the Federal Liberal government have a mandate because they won the recent election that does not appear to apply for Western Australian politics.

The Perth Freight Link was a failed concept that did not have a solution for the bottleneck in North Fremantle.  Recent articles and letters failed to acknowledge that according to Mainroads 90 per cent of vehicles using the PFL would be private vehicles, so it is wrong to suggest this was just going to be some kind of fast toll road for trucks to and from Fremantle Port.

Now that the new state government has established the Westport Taskforce to see what the best location for a new port might be it is highly premature for the West and state and federal Liberal politicians to keep pushing for Roe 8, 9, 10 and whatever. Let’s just wait and see what the recommendations of the task force are before spending billions of dollars on a highway extension that might not be needed.

The people voted against Roe 8 so the McGowan government has a mandate to not build it.

Roel Loopers

WILLIAM STREET PARKING BAYS ARE BACK!

 

I noticed this morning that all the parking bays along William Street in the Fremantle CBD are back now that the builders for the Kings Square Redevelopment Project have pulled back the fences.

As mentioned previously Queen Street is back to two-way traffic, but there should be a sign in High Street warning motorists of the changed conditions because even I almost forgot to look left this morning to check for traffic as I am so used to Queen Street being one way for two years.

Roel Loopers

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QUEEN STREET TWO-WAY TRAFFIC AGAIN

 

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Queen and Henderson streets in the Fremantle CBD are two-way traffic again now that the building site restrictions were removed this morning. It also means a left turn out of the Henderson Street car park is now possible again.

Beautifying features are being installed all over the Kings Square Redevelopment Project as the second photo shows.

Roel Loopers

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WRAY AVENUE PARKING BAYS TO STAY

Posted in cars, city of fremantle, local government, parking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 6, 2019

 

It looks like the request made at the Fremantle Annual General Electors Meeting by Fremantle resident Shirley Burbidge to remove the four parking bays in front of Moondyne Joe in Wray Avenue will not succeed.

The item is on this Wednesday’s FPOL Committee of Fremantle Council with the officer’s report stating that design software used for scenario analysis have shown that there would be minimal benefit in terms of intersection efficiency with Hampton Road.

Officers do recommend that the Clear Way period at Wray Avenue when heading west will be extended by half an hour to 9.30am.

The traffic flow is obstructed by the four parking bays because cars wanting to turn left from Wray Avenue into Hampton Road have to move into the right lane as well when cars are parked there.  I have no doubt that has a negative impact on the traffic flow at the intersection.

Roel Loopers

IS FREMANTLE REALLY A LIGHTRAIL OPTION?

 

trackless tram

 

Lightrail is allegedly popular because buses are deemed to be boring and uncomfortable while trains are sexy, hence TV stations in Perth yesterday showed Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt and CUSP Professor Peter Newman promoting trackless trams through Fremantle and all the way to Murdoch.

“The world is watching us” Newman proclaimed, but the new technology is not that new at all with the first guided systems dating back to the late 1980s, while it has had limited commercial success since the 2000s in places like Rouen in France, Castellon in Spain and Las Vegas, and there is one somewhere in China as well I believe.

Trackless trams look good, I have to agree, and at only $15 million per kilometre are about a third cheaper than trams on rail, but they can get stuck in traffic, like buses and that is not very good for public transport.

The promo video on TV yesterday showed a trackless tram along the Cappuccino Strip and High Street in the West End where traffic often comes to a standstill because of traffic volume or people parking. A trackless tram down the popular Freo strip would also be the end for any parade such as the Blessing of the Fleet and Anzac Day going through there because unlike buses lightrail can’t just be diverted through other streets.

The low gradient for trackless trams is also a worry. Could they drive up to South Street at the Hilton Hill or High Street near Monument Hill?

According to Professor Newman two trackless trains are waiting for a trial in Australia, but Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth also are interested which will make Fremantle unlikely to be the preferred option.

Roel Loopers

HIGH STREET UPGRADE IMPACT ON TREES

Posted in city of fremantle, environment, freight, fremantle ports, traffic, trees, Uncategorized by freoview on June 21, 2019

 

trees-on-high-street

MAINROADS has supplied the above graph to show how many trees will be saved and which ones will be lost for the Fremantle High Street Upgrade, which is anticipated to make the freight journey to Fremantle Port faster and easier.

Work is due to start in just a few months from now and will take some of the public golf course.

Roel Loopers

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