Nicholson Road (Bridge) Over Rail


Current status

CPB Contractors is working to set-up project site offices, locate services and realign traffic lanes during January and February to enable work on the rail bridge to begin.

From 30 January, Nicholson Road will be reduced to two traffic lanes in each direction during peak periods, additional lane closures will be in place at night (subject to approvals) and during the day at off-peak traffic times.

Plan your journey

Road and bridge works may cause delays and we request road users to plan their journey, allow extra travel time, and if possible avoid using Nicholson road. Road users should be aware that traffic management will remain on the road at all times.


Traffic impact

The following roadworks will be in place to facilitate this project:

​Location​Estimated timeframe​Impact
Nicholson Road

Yale Road to Bannister Road

​30 January to December 2017

24 hour works

  • Intermittent lane closures in both directions
  • ​Two lanes available in each direction during peak periods
  • Speed limit reduced to 40 km/h



The Nicholson Road (bridge) Over Rail project includes road and bridge construction on Nicholson Road between Bannister Road, Canning Vale and Yale Road / Garden Street, Thornlie.

The new road bridge will take Nicholson Road over the Midland to Fremantle Freight Railway and remove the level railway crossing, which is used by about 30 trains per day. Nicholson Road carries about 44,000 vehicles per day and the boom gates, which are down for two minutes per train, interrupt traffic flows on Nicholson Road for up to 60 minutes per day.

The new traffic bridge will enhance traffic operations, economic efficiencies and safety by permanently removing the interface between the road and railway line.    

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian governments.



Scope of Works

The works include:

  • A six-lane road bridge over rail
  • Road infrastructure including safety barriers, drainage, signs, screen/noise walls, pavement marking and street lighting
  • Modifying the existing road to maintain traffic flows during construction
  • Pedestrian and cycling infrastructure that includes a pedestrian underpass and a path on the east side of the new bridge.


Expected Timeframe

  • Construction start: December 2016 
  • Construction completion: December 2017
  • Landscaping works: 2018




Construction Reference Group

As the project will impact adjacent residents, a Construction Reference Group has been established to:

  • Assist in identifying, discussing and providing advice on community issues associated with the project
  • Exchange information between ourselves, the contractor and the community; and
  • Provide representative community and stakeholder input into the project.


Further Information

For additional information please contact our Customer Information Centre on:

Tel: 138 138



Modified: 07 Feb 2017