Fremantle residents raise pedestrian access concerns about High Street Upgrade plan

Truck and cars mix at the Stirling Highway-High Street intersection. Picture Jon Bassett
Truck and cars mix at the Stirling Highway-High Street intersection. Picture Jon Bassett

PEDESTRIAN access, connectivity to Fremantle and traffic flow were among concerns residents raised about the draft High Street Upgrade at a public meeting last week.

At the centre of the State Government plan is a roundabout at the intersection with Stirling Highway, as well as a widening of the High Street median to separate traffic and trees.

In the past five years to December 2017, there have been 450 crashes in the area.

On average 32,000 vehicles per day use the section of High Street with 15 percent of those are heavy vehicles.

Residents from the Gibson Park Precinct have collected 165 signatures on a petition to ensure pedestrian safety is considered.

Precinct resident Jane Cowlingsaid the major concern was “connectivity to our Fremantle community as there is no pedestrian access across High Street or Stirling Highway”.

“We believe the roundabout will create a log jam of trucks and cars further along Stirling Highway such as at the intersections of Marmion Street and Canning Hwy.

“The roundabout will mean that the traffic does not ‘stop’ and the flow of traffic then will make it impossible for pedestrians to cross.”

Angela Reimerssaid residents wanted Main Roads WA go back to the drawing board.

“We will continue to garner community interest so more people are aware of the upgrade and its potential impact on them and their neighbourhood,” she said.

“At the public meeting no one wrote down our concerns and there has been no follow up.”

Main Roads spokesman Dean Robertssaid the general feedback of the proposed concept was positive and recognised improvements were needed for this section of road.

“People are also keen for further details of the design including proposed pedestrian crossings, noise walls and/or other ancillary work,” he said.

“The community consultation phase will continue throughout May.

“The concept design phase is expected to take up to six months.”

Residents can complete an online survey and attend the next ‘drop-in’ session on May 10 at Stackwood from 3pm-6pm.

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