Green light call for traffic bridge
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.”