Artists impression of Swan River Crossings Project

The Western Australia State Government has released its final concept plan for the transformational $280 million Swan River Crossings project in Fremantle.

Featuring a direct connection to the port city via Queen Victoria Street the concept plan will realign Canning Highway to travel underneath the new bridge, creating new connections for road, rail, boat and path users.

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, each of which contributing $140 million.

Western Australia Premier, Mark McGowan, said the project would improve access to the revitalised Victoria Quay precinct.

“Under my Government, the transformation of Fremantle into a modern and vibrant port city is underway,” Mr McGowan said.

“The Swan River Crossings project will create the new gateway to Fremantle, providing a direct link into the revitalised and bustling Victoria Quay.”

The project will also see the development of new public space in front of the heritage-listed Naval Store.

“[The project] will build on the area’s unique heritage to develop a new public space at the Naval Store, linking up with Fremantle’s other waterfront precincts as they undergo a major redevelopment over coming years,” Mr McGowan said.

Works associated with the Swan River Crossings project include:

  • Removing the signalised intersection at Canning Highway and Queen Victoria Street
  • Realigning Canning Highway from East Street to travel down and under the new bridge, and connecting to Beach Street
  • Prioritising journeys into Fremantle via Queen Victoria Street, providing a direct, free-flowing journey from North Fremantle into the harbour city
  • Opportunities for urban landscaping, heritage interpretation and community connection for an area in front of the existing Naval Store, including the use of existing timber pylons in the current traffic bridge

Architects and local urban designers continue to guide the project with development of an Architectural Urban and Landscaping Design framework. This early concept has been presented to the Heritage Council, the State Design Review Panel and key stakeholders.

Ongoing discussions will continue throughout the development approvals process in the coming months.

Federal Member for Fremantle, Josh Wilson, said the ‘once-in-a-century’ project would deliver diverse benefits to local communities and businesses.

“The new Fremantle bridge is a once-in-a-century project with multiple benefits. It will ensure that road, rail, pedestrian, and cycle traffic flow more smoothly, and the surrounding area will be revitalised with more space and better access around heritage places like Cantonment Hill,” Mr Wilson said.

“This major project will create easier, safer, and more spectacular journeys for people, bikes, boats, and commuter traffic.

“As the Swan River Crossing project moves into the next phase, I also look forward to the opportunities it will create for local employment and businesses.”

Feature Image: Artist impressions of the planned Swan River Crossings Project. Photo: Mainroads WA.

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