Freo's View

PEDESTRIAN PRIORITY AT FREMANTLE OVAL PROJECT

 

 

When Fremantle Council and the Fremantle Oval reference and steering groups are looking at the potential and opportunities for the development and activation of the area one of their main priorities must be the connectivity between the north and the south of Parry Street, as this is going to be a major challenge.

Pedestrian crossing is already a challenge on weekends when the Fremantle Markets are open. The roundabout at William Street is not the safest place to cross Parry Street since motorists are occupied with navigating the roundabout and rarely give way to pedestrians who are on their way to the oval or Fremantle Prison.

The entire precinct will attract a lot more people when Fremantle Oval is activated and when Silverleaf Investments have developed the police and justice complex down the road with a hotel and community spaces and activation, so vehicular and pedestrian movement will increase substantially.

When one also considers that the City of Fremantle has plans to extend Norfolk Street all the way to Mews Road in the Fishing Boat Harbour, which will make Parry Street even more into a ring road, one can start contemplating the challenges ahead to create safe pedestrian access between the markets and the oval.

Serious thoughts need to be had about a possible pedestrian underpass or at least a zebra crossing somewhere halfway along Parry Street between William Street and South Terrace.

There will be events and concerts at Fremantle Oval and residential and commercial accommodation in new buildings to the south and west of it, and the Kings Square activation project will bring heaps more people to that part of Freo, so a lot more people will be in the area, that already is home to two of Fremantle’s most popular tourist attractions Fremantle Prison and the Fremantle Markets.

If Fremantle Council is serious about making Parry Street even more into a ring road from Queen Victoria Street in the north east of the CBD all the way to the Fishing Boat Harbour, it will need to address especially pedestrian connectivity and safety between the new developments in the precinct as a priority.

Roel Loopers

MAKING CROSSING SAFER FOR BEACY SCHOOL KIDS

Posted in children, city of fremantle, schools, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on August 2, 2018

 

The community information session about safer pedestrian crossing-especially for Beacy Primary school students- at Hampton Road near the Scott Street intersection raised more questions for me than it provided answers.

It is good to see City of Fremantle staff together with Main Roads experts willing to answer questions from community members and parents, and it was also good to see the Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk there and South Ward Councillor Jon Strachan.

But my first question is why did the City only do a trial for option 1 and closed off the right turns into Scott Street, when the initial thinking was that the pedestrian crossing would be safer if moved 40-50 metres south from the intersection?

Now they prefer to go ahead with the moving of the pedestrian crossing south, but still want to keep the restriction of turning right into Scott Street. Why not do a trial and move the pedestrian crossing and re-open Scott Street and test what happens, before doing both?

I also did not at all get the point the Main Road engineer made that a push button pedestrian crossing light was less safe for children than lollypop attendants, because supposedly motorists might not be able to stop in time for the red light in wet weather while the kids are already on the road. Surely the same danger applies with lollypop people in attendance, and for everyone on the road really.

I was also flabbergasted to hear that Maxwell Street, which now gets a lot more traffic since the no go right turn into Scott Street, does not get the flashing 40kmh school hours lights because it is not within the school zone. Hale Road runs east along the school and Maxwell Street west along the Beaconsfield Primary School, so why do Hale Road and Scott Street have such flashing school zone hour lights but Maxwell Street is not considered to be in the same school safety zone? Sorry, but that is Yes Minister kind of nonsense.

You can have your say till August 22 on the My Say section on the City of Fremantle website, and help make sure that the State Government’s $ 200,000 allocated for the improvements will be well and wisely spent to the satisfaction of the community.

Roel Loopers

 

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TWO FREO COMMUNITY INFO SESSIONS TODAY!

 

A reminder that there are two community informations sessions in Fremantle later today.

From 5.30-6pm you can look at the latest plans for the Woolstores shopping centre redevelopment at the City of Fremantle at Fremantle Oval.

And from 6pm at the Beaconsfield Primary School City staff will explain the options for traffic calming and pedestrian crossing at Scott Street and Hampton Road in South Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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SOUTH FREO SOUTH TERRACE UPGRADE STARTED

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, placemaking, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 19, 2018

 

 

South Terrace upgrade

 

Works to improve the streetscape along a section of South Terrace in South Fremantle have started

The upgrade, at the intersections of South Terrace, Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane, will create new road surfaces and footpaths painted in vibrant colours inspired by Fremantle’s street art. It will also include new bike racks and seating, street trees, rubbish bins and drainage improvements.

The placemaking includes the widening of the footpath which will create a bigger, pedestrian-friendly area and increase the amount of alfresco space, while the new paving, street furniture and trees will make it a better lingering node space for people to enjoy,

It is anticipated that reducing the width of the road will make it safer for people to cross the street and encourage drivers to slow down, which will also allow the removal of the very unpopular temporary speed humps in that section of South Terrace.

The project is being funded with the assistance of a $200,000 grant from the state government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs program.

The design was the subject of community consultation in November last year, with 73 per cent of respondents supporting the changes. Several other public meetings organised by the South Fremantle precinct, and attended by South Fremantle Councillors and City of Fremantle staff, were held at The Local last year to hear community concerns and ideas.

This is only stage one of the improvements to South Terrace in South Fremantle, so let’s hope that they work for traffic calming and making the area more pleasant and safe for all. The entire stretch from South Street to Douro Road is due for a traffic calming and an upgrade that will hopefully result in Mainroads allowing the City to lower the speed limit to 40kph.

Roel Loopers

 

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INTEGRATED PARKING MANAGEMENT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, local government, parking, Uncategorized by freoview on July 12, 2018

 

The City of Fremantle is considering to award a contract for an integrated parking management system, but Councillors at the FPOL committee last night wanted more detailed information and assurance of data privacy protection before signing off on it.

The integrated parking management would improve customer parking experience and optimise the City’s parking network.

It would implement a pay-by-phone system, enforcement management, residents parking permits, promoting capability and reporting services and business intelligence, with dynamic pricing, commercial permits and staff and guest permits as desirable functions.

The contract would be for four years at a cost of $ 710,013 annually (exGST and with CPI to be added from the years 2-4 inclusive).

I am not sure if the enforcement management part of the contract means that the present City of Fremantle parking officers would become redundant and their job would be taken over by the preferred tender Database Consultants Australia.

The officers will provide full council with more information at its next meeting.

Roel Loopers

FREMANTLE BUDGETS FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

 

The City of Fremantle budget for 2018-19 includes a $2.5 million program to improve and maintain roads. Major resurfacing works have been scheduled for sections along Hampton Road, Rockingham Road, Lefroy Road, Marine Terrace and High Street.

There will also be works to improve road safety for motorists and pedestrians along Stirling Highway, Marine Terrace and McCabe Street.

All of the road millings that are dug up as part of the resurfacing program will be collected and re-used in other city projects, like the upgraded Recycling Centre and the new Cappuccino Strip carpark.

By using recycled materials the City does not have to buy new limestone road base and does not have to pay to dispose of the stripped road material in landfill, so it delivers a significant saving.

The upgrade of a second section of South Terrace in South Fremantle is also included in the budget, with work on the first ‘node’ at the intersections of South Terrace, Little Lefroy Lane and Sydney Street beginning later this month.

The location of a second ‘node’ is still to be confirmed subject to more community feedback. It involves reducing the width of the road, changing the colour of the road surface and widening the footpath, as well as adding new paving, street furniture and trees.

The changes will encourage drivers to slow down, make it safer for people to cross the street and will increase the amount of alfresco space.The works are designed to create a more pedestrian-friendly environment and will also allow the removal of the much debated and disliked temporary speed humps in that section of South Terrace.

Interesting to note that the budget also includes $25,000 to develop a concept plan to create a new town square in front of the Fremantle Railway Station and upgrade Queen Street

A new town square and the relocation of the bus port has been debated for very many years but the reluctance of the Public Transport Authority to move the bus port further east means the idea has had a few plans drawn up but was never realised. Why there is need for yet another costly concept plan I do not understand. I won’t hold my breath that we will see any changes there soon.

Roel Loopers

COLOURFUL HILTON TOWN CENTRE

Posted in city of fremantle, hilton, pedestrians, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on July 4, 2018

 

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The Hilton town centre has become a bit more colourful and traffic changes hopefully will make it safer as well.

It looks quite cute, although the low fence-like structures could have been at least a metre high.

The no right turn out of Paget Street onto South Street was ignored already as the tall photo I took this morning shows.

Roel Loopers

HEAVY RAIN IN FREMANTLE

Posted in city of fremantle, rain, roundhouse, Uncategorized, winter by freoview on June 27, 2018

 

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There has been a lot of rain in Fremantle since yesterday early evening, with some very heavy showers.

The foot and bicycle path near the Roundhouse always gets flooded, and that also effects the  busy railway crossing to the historic tourist destination, so something the City of Fremantle should improve, as it is not great to walk through deep puddles whenever there are showers.

Roel Loopers

PS: My car was parked at the Elizabeth’s bookshop warehouse when I took the top photo.

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HIGH STREET UPGRADE COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

 

 

The community consultation by Main Roads about the Fremantle High Street/Stirling Highway upgrade is starting with the department sending out letters to nearby residents from today.

The proposed upgrade from Carrington Road to Stirling Highway is part of the $ 2.3 billion Road and Rail Infrastructure package which is funded by the state and federal governments.

Key features for the upgrade are a new roundabout at the intersection of High Street and Stirling Highway, a wide median to separate traffic and preserve mature trees, and a single lane service road for residents north of High Street.

The concept design period is expected to take up to six months so that the community will have ample time to comment and be informed.

People can provide feedback by completing a survey online at https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/southmetropolitan/highstreet/Pages/default.aspx

Or send an email to highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au<mailto:highstreetupgrade@mainroads.wa.gov.au>

Posting to PO Box 6202 EAST PERTH WA 6892 or phoning 138 138

There will be an information display at the City of Fremantle Library from Monday 7 May.

Roel Loopers

PHILLIMORE STREET PART CLOSURE!

Posted in city of fremantle, traffic, Uncategorized by freoview on April 3, 2018

 

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A warning for all motorists who use Phillimore Street in Fremantle’s West End. There will be part closure of the street this week for traffic going toward Fleet Street, Victoria Quay, the South Mole, and Henry and Cliff Street, so avoid the area.

A good way to avoid it is Peter Hughes Drive that runs parallel to Phillimore Street!

 

Roel Loopers

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