Plan for safe cycling paths along Midland train line

Cycle safe: Building works taking place at the Guildford Station to East Street section of the new cycle network.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au   d445146
Cycle safe: Building works taking place at the Guildford Station to East Street section of the new cycle network.Picture: David Baylis        www.communitypix.com.au d445146

NEW cycling paths along the Midland train line will be constructed by 2019.

The State Government has announced that $27.07 million will be spent on new bike paths over four years.

Member for East Metropolitan Region Alyssa Hayden welcomed the funding to expand the network of principal shared paths.

The Government’s blueprint for Perth’s cycling network for 2019 will link the missing gaps between established paths shared between cyclists, walkers and joggers.

Included in this expansion plan are three new cycle paths proposed to connect Guildford to the Midland rail line.

They will complement the existing three completed sites along the Perth-Midland train line at Tonkin Highway to Bassendean Station, Bassendean Station to Lord Street and the Lord Street Underpass.

The locations for the proposed new principal shared paths along the Midland train line are:

n Guildford Bridge to Railway Parade, Midland, completion aimed for February 2016;

n Guildford Station to East Street, expected completion in March 2016; and

n East Street to Morrison Road, Midland, is expected to be completed in June 2017.

Other identified sites to be completed by 2019 are along the Fremantle rail line and Mitchell Freeway.

Ms Hayden said cycle paths were being constructed as part of any major road or rail infrastructure being built in WA.

Of significance to the East Metropolitan Region, as part of the NorthLink WA road project, the concept design is underway for a shared cycle path to Ellenbrook by 2019.

There has been a 34 per cent increase in the number of cyclists using the cycling and walking paths since 2011.

Over the past seven years, the State Government has invested $112.8 million in cycling networks throughout WA, resulting in 246kms off-road shared paths and 74kms of on-road bike lanes.

The government has targeted a 15km radius within the Perth CBD, with a particular emphasis on freeway and railway corridors, because of high commuter demand and to meet the need for convenient safe cycling routes.