MOTORISTS will have to give way to pedestrians and reduce their speed to 20km/h for 150m on Hay Street, East Perth as part of the City of Perth’s East End Revitalisation Masterplan.
Commissioners approved the six-stage plan at Tuesday’s council meeting with Stage Three involving creating a Pedestrian Priority Zone (PPZ) between Pier and Irwin streets.
Works are expected to start in February next year.
Commissioner Andrew Hammond said the PPZ would change the character of the area, providing more space and amenity for pedestrians.
“All of the other great cities of the world treat pedestrians as prime target markets,” Mr Hammond said.
“I’ve never seen a car driving down a street spend money at a local store.
“While we need to ensure traffic flow is effective we have a strong need to ensure our streets meet world standards.”
Key features of the precinct include wide footpaths, upgraded lighting and greater opportunity for outdoor dining to encourage people to stay longer and activate the area.
Stages one to three will be awarded as a multi-state construction contract to minimise roadwork construction and will include two-way conversations on Hay Street between Irwin Street and Victoria Avenue and on Irwin Street from Hay Street to St Georges Terrace.