VOTERS in Premier Colin Barnett’s electorate say the Government has created a farce with no public plans for the Perth Freight Link’s (PFL) final section through North Fremantle.
“We are being kept completely in the dark about the final stage – presumably Roe 10 – and there could be a good reason for this, because from what we do know it will be a horror story for North Fremantle and East Fremantle,” North Fremantle Community Association convenor Gerard MacGill said.
Mr MacGill said the 20-year-old, non-political association would “confront” governments on “serious” threats at the southern end of Mr Barnett’s Cottesloe electorate.
“Whenever it happens, Roe 10 will cut a swathe through North Fremantle which the Premier, a former local resident, once described as ‘the best little country town in Perth’,” Mr MacGill said.
The PFL will charge trucks servicing Fremantle Port after the wharves’ proposed privatisation that could treble containers to 2.1 million by 2038, most of which would have to use partly residential Tydeman Road in North Fremantle.
Currently, bush is being cleared for the $1.6 billion PFL’s Roe 8 section in Beeliar, and Mr Barnett proposes to build a Roe 9 tunnel to 1.4km south of Stirling Bridge across the Swan River.
This month, Main Roads WA said unbudgeted and unplanned modifications would be needed to the bridge, Stirling Highway and Tydeman Road.
However, there are no public plans or concepts getting the PFL across the river to the port, whether by widening the bridge, a touted tunnel potentially using concrete casements in the riverbed, or a “loop” flyover route on old road reserves west of the Fremantle railway.
“Main Roads must have prepared draft designs for road works and intersections, not to mention the river crossing, and they should immediately release to the public whatever plans, modelling and pictorials they possess so that we may know the real facts about Roe 8, 9 and beyond,” Mr MacGill said.
Mr Barnett previously told the Western Suburbs Weekly the only North Fremantle modifications that may be considered are at Tydeman Road’s tight intersection with Stirling Highway.
Main Roads has been contacted for comment.
NFCA Roe 10 meeting, corner Queen Victoria Street-Tydeman Road, 4pm tomorrow.