A recently-completed section of shared-use path alongside the railway line in Beckenham will make it easier to access train services or cycle into Perth and Armadale.

The $800,000 project, stretching 1.4 kilometres between William Street and Rochester Avenue, was jointly funded by the City of Gosnells and the Department of Transport, through a West Australian Bicycle Network grant.

City of Gosnells Mayor Terresa Lynes said the new path would provide more opportunities for residents to enjoy active transport options such as cycling or walking.

“To make the path shadier for users and residents, and to retain valuable habitat for local wildlife, the City was able to keep almost all the trees along this section of path by narrowing Railway Parade,” she said.

“The narrower road will also encourage drivers to slow down near the primary school.”

Member for Cannington Bill Johnston said the completion of the shared path along Railway Parade will provide safe travel options for cyclists and pedestrians in the area.

“This will give people the chance to explore the community and embrace a healthy lifestyle,” he said.

Member for Thornlie Chris Tallentire also welcomed the extension of the path.

“I’m a frequent rider on this section of cycle path and love it. I’m sure it will be very useful for the local school community; we need more kids to be walking, riding and scooting to school. Active transport is best for kids’ health and a boost towards decongesting our roads,” he said.

Ultimately, the principal shared path will extend between Perth and Armadale, providing one seamless route for cyclists and pedestrians alongside the railway corridor. Only two more sections of this principal shared path remain to be completed within the City of Gosnells.

A section of path between Albany Highway and Kelvin Road in Maddington is currently under construction and is expected to be completed next financial year. The final section of path, between Dorothy Street and Tonkin Highway in Gosnells, is now being designed, with construction planned to take place in 2023/24.

For further details of this and other projects in the City of Gosnells, visit yoursay.gosnells.wa.gov.au.