Swan River Crossings, Fremantle
We are planning to replace the existing Fremantle Traffic Bridge, which was opened in 1939. The bridge's structure has been deteriorating over a number of years, and despite extensive strengthening and maintenance works (including a highly disruptive closure in 2016), the bridge needs to be replaced. The bridge currently carries 23,000 vehicles a day and at peak times is congested.
Community and stakeholder consultation is well underway and will be ongoing throughout project development, design and delivery. We recently hosted community forums in October and November. Details and summaries from the forums can be viewed in Community Consultation. View the consultation summary timeline.
Previous planning and options for the Swan River Crossings focused on replacing the current Fremantle Traffic Bridge. However, in 2019 the State and Federal Governments allocated funding to develop a road and rail solution, addressing the constraints posed by the shared freight and passenger rail bridge. The project will:
- Replace the deteriorating traffic bridge like for like - the Fremantle Traffic bridge is currently two lanes in each direction and the new traffic bridge will also be two lanes in each direction (but with a median in the middle to separate traffic in opposing directions and paved shoulders for improved safety).
- Build a bigger, better 6.5 metre wide path for pedestrians and cyclists to replace the current 2 metre path. Cyclists and pedestrians will be separated on the path.
- Build a new rail bridge dedicated to passenger rail. The current rail bridge will remain and service freight only. Providing a new passenger rail bridge will separate freight and rail passenger train lines, ensuring adequate freight rail capacity into the future until the port ultimately transitions to Kwinana.