Green light call for traf­fic bridge

Fremantle Gazette - - NEWS -

FED­ERAL MHR Josh Wil­son is call­ing for a new traf­fic bridge in Fre­man­tle.

Mr Wil­son said a new bridge is both a mat­ter of port pro­duc­tiv­ity and proper risk man­age­ment.

“En­gi­neer­ing stud­ies have shown the old bridge, con­structed in 1939, is well past its ‘best be­fore’ date and could be made un­us­able in the event of a ship col­li­sion,” he said.

“A road and rail bridge for the 21st cen­tury pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity to du­pli­cate the rail ca­pac­ity, which means that freight trains would no longer be sub­ject to a sched­ul­ing con­flict with pas­sen­ger trains.

“This would en­able fur­ther in­creases in the pro­por­tion of freight-on-rail over time, with a cor­re­spond­ing re­duc­tion in truck freight; stud­ies sug­gest that 30 per cent is pos­si­ble with the right in­fra­struc­ture.”

Mr Wil­son said he would con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for a re­place­ment of the bridge.

“A new bridge could pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to use the old bridge as a dis­tinc­tively Freo com­mu­nity link: a fo­cus of ac­tive trans­port and other kinds of creative com­mu­nity use,” he said. “Fre­man­tle’s own ‘high line’ would con­tinue the port city’s tra­di­tion as a work­ing port with a strong fo­cus on In­dige­nous her­itage, tourism and creative in­dus­tries.”

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