Perth

Construction has begun on the $100 million Causeway pedestrian and cyclist bridges which will feature two cable-stayed bridges, providing a 6m wide shared path linking Victoria Park foreshore at McCallum Park with Heirisson Island and Perth’s CBD at Point Fraser.

This project offers locals alternative transport options with greater connectivity, as well as further enhancing the natural environment and public amenity, as a part of the $1.5 billion Perth City Deal.

Delivered by the Causeway Link Alliance (comprising Civmec Construction and Engineering, Seymour Whyte Constructions Pty, WSP Australia Pty and Main Roads), the project will provide major improvements to safety, connectivity and amenity for people commuting to work and education, as well as tourists.

Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, said the Causeway pedestrian and cyclist bridges will be a major landmark for Perth, helping to bring more people to the CBD safely and efficiently.

“More opportunities for cycling and walking into the city means less cars on the road, and a safer commute for visitors and workers in the city,” Mr McGowan said.

“This project is part of our enormous investment into Perth city, supporting local jobs and businesses as we reinvigorate the CBD.”

The existing Causeway shared path is used by more than 3,000 people every day and is no longer fit for purpose.

With path user numbers predicted to rise as Perth’s population continues to grow, this dedicated pedestrian and cycling infrastructure will improve safety by separating path users from broader traffic.

Federal Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government Minister, Catherine King, said the partnership with the Western Australian Government is helping to transform the city, creating local jobs and bringing greater investment to further strengthen the state’s economy.

“The Causeway pedestrian and cyclist bridges is an iconic project that will support the reinvigoration of the city’s eastern gateway and provide a new option for commuters to get to and from the CBD,” Ms King said.

“These iconic bridges are being built and manufactured locally by WA workers creating more jobs and opportunities in Perth.”

Western Australian Transport Minister, Rita Saffioti, said, “The existing Causeway bridge is one of the busiest connections to central Perth, and the current infrastructure is far too narrow to accommodate the current demand from cyclists and pedestrians.

“With the backdrop of the Swan River, these two new iconic bridges will not only be visually stunning, they will provide our community and tourists better connectivity and encourage more people to visit the CBD, which will support local businesses.

“We are investing record amounts – $347 million – in new riding and walking infrastructure over the next four years, supporting our community, the economy and creating more jobs.

“We want to make walking and riding safe and convenient and encourage more people to utilise different modes of transport. To do that, we need to build infrastructure that connects our communities like the Causeway pedestrian and cyclist bridges.”

The project site holds strong cultural significance to Indigenous people, and in consultation with the Project’s Matagarup Elders Group, interpretive architectural and landscape design has been incorporated to showcase Whadjuk Noongar culture and heritage.

Federal Member for Perth, Patrick Gorman, said the beautiful bridge will help make Perth a more family friendly city, increasing accessibility and amenity for local residents, tourists and business visitors.

Federal Member for Swan, Zaneta Mascarenhas, said, “The Swan River is a stunning jewel in Perth’s crown. The numbers of pedestrians and cyclists have increased with people making the most of our picturesque foreshore.

“As a cyclist, I have found the shared path is challenging to negotiate. The new bridge will be both beautiful and practical. Pedestrians and cyclists will feel safer, and it should encourage more people to get out and get active.”

State Member for Perth, John Carey, said, “This is a fantastic project for one of the most iconic bridges and a gateway entrance to East Perth that will ultimately bring more people into the Perth CBD.

“These upgrades have been talked about for years and it’s great to see our government investing in and delivering major transport infrastructure projects that benefit the whole community.

“More than 3,300 pedestrians and cyclists use the current Causeway bridge every day – and this upgrade will ensure Perth remains connected through new infrastructure, making Perth a liveable and accessible city.”

State Member for Victoria Park, Hannah Beazley, said, “Victoria Park is only 4km from the Perth CBD, and this landmark construction will provide a new connection between the city and the bustling Albany Highway café strip.

“My constituents will welcome a safer way to cycle and walk to the CBD and enjoy our beautiful Swan River.”

Expressions of interests closed in January 2023 for Noongar artists to deliver public art at the site, including sculptural totems, patterned pathway design and wall artworks, with shortlisting now underway.

The Causeway Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges project is jointly funded by the Federal and Western Australian Government, providing $50 million each, and is expected to be complete in late 2024.

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11 Comments
  1. Jason Oakes 1 year ago

    A detailed map or link to one and an artist’s impression would be useful if these are available. Cheers

    • Gardiner 1 year ago

      An endless list of comments from politicians all seeking credit for spending taxpayers’ money. I hope nobody claims credit for having “written an article “. Need to do better.

  2. Terry Eyles 1 year ago

    When are you going do anything about to tonkin hwy between hale Rd to Thomas ŕd why can’t you put in bridges and underpasses like you have north of the river 😒 does it mean we don’t get a look in as usual 😤

  3. Raymond Daly 1 year ago

    How does this help the masses in the outer suburbs?
    Our money spent on the betterment of the entitled few, build more play grounds in the parks in the outer suburbs for our kids to remain active.

  4. Lenny Norton 1 year ago

    A great initiative, can’t wait too see it

  5. Phurba 1 year ago

    Not only bridge more housing is also needed in perth…many international students are facing to find house.

  6. Twice Hit 1 year ago

    If the safety of the walking public is a priority, consideration should be given to the significant risk associated with footpaths crossing cycle paths, such as those at City West station. The speed and disregard with with which some cyclists operate is a material concern.

  7. Paul 1 year ago

    Easier to cycle into perth, maybe. Only to end up between cars, buses, with no sensible cycleways within the city itself. And with existing ones not even connecting easily to road network, with cyclists ending up not using them. It would make far more sense to spend money on improving that, than on expensive bridges, 50m away from existing cycleways, that maybe a bit narrow, but at least exist.

  8. Paul 1 year ago

    Keeping cars off roads is a great initiative. Living in Sydney cars are priorities, pedestrians/cyclists are not.
    Perth is a beautiful city already, this will only enhance it. To the naysayers, you would find most areas need some sort of infrastructure, however if something is planned for one area, there would be the typical “what about us” screaming from another area.
    The need to increase tourist numbers to WA will boost spending.
    The biggest disappointment for WA is the lack of passenger train services to areas like Albany, Geraldton, Bridgetown and all the places in between.
    A beautiful state without the foresight to open it up more.

  9. Wazza 1 year ago

    So…stop all trains on a long weekend

    Then do this to a major artery

    No access to outside the metro area by any public transport

    An airport line 50 years too late

    And trying to get a glass of wine at 9pm on a Tuesday night anywhere BESIDES THE CASINO, IS IMPOSSIBLE

    CHEERS

  10. Snoopy 1 year ago

    The money could be more wisely spent in multitudes of other areas,.

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