Views sought on Fremantle Road changes

Published on Wednesday 24 May, 2017

The community is being asked to comment on a $2.5 million plan to downgrade Fremantle Road in Gosnells to a two-lane carriageway following years of declining traffic.

City of Gosnells Councillors last night voted to present the plan for public comment, after a six-year review of traffic data showed vehicle use had fallen on Fremantle Road, with numbers expected to remain static in the foreseeable future.

City of Gosnells Deputy Mayor Julie Brown said the new road layout between Hartley and Bilich Streets would bring a number of road safety benefits and streetscape enhancements.

“This is a great opportunity to improve the street frontage and amenity for residents living on Fremantle Road, one of the oldest roads in the area,” she said.

“Fremantle Road no longer serves the purpose it once did, particularly since its upgrade in the 1980s when development in the area was high.

“Less residential development, coupled with improvements to other major roads, has led to this traffic reduction and it is anticipated that fewer than 10,000 vehicles a day will use this road by 2031.”

Proposed changes to the 1.8km stretch of road have been designed to accommodate between 7,000 and 15,000 vehicles a day, well within the predicted traffic volume.

The plan features on-street parking, cycle lanes, turning pockets and road safety improvements to several intersections along Fremantle Road.

The section between Hartley Street and Albany Highway will not be changed because of the railway crossing, the Lissiman Street intersection and access points to businesses and car parks in the Gosnells Town Centre.

The section between Corfield Street and Bilich Street may also remain unchanged, as existing conditions are ideal for motorists approaching the Fremantle Road-Corfield Street roundabout.

It is expected that intersections along Fremantle Road – between Bilich and Hartley Streets – will require upgrading to manage traffic safely and efficiently. The George Street intersection, which currently has traffic signals and is the subject of poor performance, may be modified to a roundabout.

The community will have an opportunity to provide feedback on design options in the coming months and, based on public comment, the City will complete a detailed design, which will also be presented to Council.

It is expected the project will be completed in stages over multiple years with priority given to intersection upgrades, as grant funding becomes available.