Works come to path
WORK finally started to fill a gap in the cycling route connecting Fremantle to Perth through Cottes- loe last week.
“This section of the Perth to Fremantle path, which comes to a dead end in Cottesloe, has been an issue for more than a decade and the State Government has made its extension a priority,” Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said.
However, about 200m of the 4m-wide path will need an alternative route if a new Eric Street bridge is built in Cottesloe.
The gap caused cyclists to mix with dangerous Curtin Avenue and Port Beach Road traffic from Cottesloe to North Fremantle.
Last year the Government allocated $18.7 million for the path from the Grant street station in Cottesloe to Mosman Park’s Victoria Street Station by mid-year.
Planning continues for its route from Victoria Street, through North Fremantle, across the Swan River traffic bridge and into Fremantle.
Current concepts place this section behind the beachside Beehive Montessori School, which will have its own spur connection for students, in plans scheduled to be completed about May before planned construction starts in early 2020.
The path through Cottesloe will have a bicycle counter, lights, signs and landscaping.
Funding for landscaping includes $120,000 from the government and Cottesloe Council for saplings to replace about 30 trees and 20 large shrubs on the route along the railway line.
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti and Parliamentary Secretary Chris Tallentire on the bike path from Cottesloe to Fremantle. Picture: Andrew Ritchie