Eye on future |port truck route

Cameras were installed on some lamp posts along Marine Parade/Curtin Avenue.
Cameras were installed on some lamp posts along Marine Parade/Curtin Avenue.

“It is a long-term network review to inform the future planning for Curtin Avenue, including crossings of the Fremantle passenger rail line,” a Main Roads spokeswoman said.

The Town of Cottesloe requested safety changes to the Fremantle line’s Victoria Street station level crossing after a train hit a truck there last year, and the Town of Mosman Park wants any Curtin Highway realignment to link with Wellington Street into the town.

A $40 million realignment through North Fremantle’s Leighton Beach Marshalling yards has been delayed until 2018 since a Budget reassessment in 2013.

Before Easter, at least two Main Roads cameras were on lamp posts at the Marine Parade-Curtin Avenue roundabout and a pedestrian crossing across Curtin Avenue at Grant Street, both in Cottesloe.

Traffic measuring strips were on Marine Parade, near the Wearne Hostel and Ocean Beach Hotel, and on Broome Street, Cottesloe.

The strips were also on Stirling Highway in North Fremantle last week, and before Easter were either side of a contentious hairpin bend at the Leighton Beach development, where a truck flipped during debate over the stalled Perth Freight Link last year.

PFL critics are concerned Main Road’s review could be used to develop a coastal truck route that fills a gap left by the stalled Stephenson Highway from Fremantle through Cottesloe to northern suburbs and Reid Highway to create a ring-road around Perth.

“At a Fremantle Chamber of Commerce meeting on March 18, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the PFL was not actually about freight, as that was just a name the Federal Government gave it, but it’s about a Perth ring-road,” Rethink the Link co-convenor Kim Dravnieks said.

Ms Dravnieks said Curtin Avenue would have to widened for the expected growth of Perth’s commuter and truck traffic.

The Main Roads spokeswoman said the traffic review was expected to be completed in six months.