Swan River Crossings, Fremantle
Planning and development continues on the Swan River Crossings Project, which will see the replacement of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge across the Swan River and construction of a new rail bridge
The alignment of the new crossings has now been confirmed, with construction of two new bridges (one road and one passenger rail) between the existing Fremantle Traffic Bridge and the existing rail bridge (View new alignment map - PDF).
This will deliver improved road, rail, pedestrian and cycling paths, across the Swan River, while also increasing marine safety and navigational clearances for boats.
The project is now progressing into the development phase where design details will be progressed along with further investigations around the constructability, environmental assessments, scheduling, and detailed costing.
Our Design Inspiration Document (PDF) has been designed to prompt conversation and ideas from community and stakeholders regarding the look and feel of the project and the importance of the remnant structure. It includes stories and themes shared with us by a project specific Whadjuk Elders Advisory Group.
The Design Survey was available for people to put forward ideas on how the new infrastructure might look and feel in the future.
Thank you to all who participated at our face-to-face or online Community Design Forums held last month and the online Design Survey. We recorded the Community Design Forum that we hosted online. If you would like to view the recording, please contact us.
Work has already begun with a Whadjuk Elders Advisory Group, to collate and understand the significance of the area to Whadjuk Nyoongar people and potential themes and stories, which could be part of the design. We look forward to sharing more about this rich cultural context with the broader community.
Bridge inspection works
Routine inspection work is being undertaken on Fremantle Traffic Bridge from Monday 19 July for up to six weeks.
The inspection work is part of our routine maintenance for all timber bridges and includes all elements above and below the bridge structure. These works are not affiliated with the Swan River Crossing Project. However, it will help determine the safety of the existing bridge structure during construction of the new Fremantle Traffic Bridge, which is expected to commence early in 2022.
Be patient and allow extra travel time, with lanes closures and speed reductions in place across the bridge.
The Swan River Crossings Project will replace the Fremantle Traffic Bridge (Queen Victoria Street) and increase passenger and freight rail capacity, efficiency and productivity. It is being designed to improve safety for road and river users, improve traffic and rail flows and improve pedestrian and cyclist connections over the Swan River and to North Fremantle Station.
The existing Fremantle Traffic Bridge was opened in 1939 as a temporary structure. 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. Learn more about the current condition of the Fremantle Traffic Bridge in our Fact Sheet.
An extensive community and stakeholder consultation program has been underway for the Swan River Crossings Project since August 2020. This will be ongoing throughout project development, design and delivery.
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. Read the PTA Rail Operational Capacity concerns here.
Recognising the significance of the crossing is also an important aspect of the project. To achieve this, we have engaged architect and heritage consultants to guide the design and develop a heritage interpretation plan.
Extensive planning and development is well underway. This includes engagement with several state and local government agencies to determine what can be built and how it can be built to minimise disruption to motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, train services, boats and river users.
The project is being developed to align with the State Planning Policy 7.0 Design of the Built Environment.
Proposed Alignment Options May 2021
This consultation period provided an opportunity for community to give feedback on four proposed bridge alignment options, through forums, workshops, pop-up information stands, written updates, dozens of face-to-face meetings, and through our online visualisation tool which showcased the alignment options in a 3D visual setting.
Have Your Say - Online Alignment Options Assessment Survey - May 2021
Almost 1,000 people completed the online survey where they were asked to apply a sentiment to each of the proposed four bridge alignment options and associated traffic impacts. The feedback gathered from the survey has been collated and fed into the analysis of the four alignment options.
Community Forum - May 2021
This forum of invited stakeholders and community members provided an opportunity to share and discuss the four alignment options under assessment and to promote the future community and stakeholder engagement activities.
- Swan River Crossings Alignment Forum May 2021 – Presentation (PDF)
- Summary of Alignment Options May 2021 (PDF)
Community Forum - November 2020
This forum of invited stakeholders and community members provided an opportunity to share and discuss the outcomes of the investigations into the bridge alignment options tabled at the previous forum in October.
- Swan River Crossings Alignment Forum Nov 2020 - Presentation (PDF)
- Swan River Crossings Forum Nov 2020 - Summary (PDF)
- Swan River Crossings Alignment Forum Nov 2020 - Response to Rail Capacity Concerns and Questions (PDF)
Community Forum - October 2020This forum of invited stakeholders and community members provided an opportunity for Main Roads to share the Swan River Crossings project objectives and discuss the range of bridge alignments.
- Swan River Crossings Alignment Forum Oct 2020 - Presentation (PDF)
- Swan River Crossings Alignment Forum Oct 2020 - Summary (PDF)
- Previously considered alignment option maps for road and rail bridges (PDF)
Community Online Survey - August 2020
This online survey recorded more than 3,800 visits to the project page and more than 300 people took part. The feedback gathered from the survey has been a key part in understanding stakeholder and community needs and expectations for the project.
Community Drop-in Sessions - August and September 2020More than 130 people attended community drop in sessions to find out about the project and provide their feedback on a range of issues. We are continuing to meet and brief industry and community groups and local governments.
Pre-development and concept work
- Mid-2019: Establish project steering committee and stakeholder workshop
- November 2019 to June 2020: Constraints and issues mapping to develop preferred alignment
- July to September 2020: Community feedback sought
- October to November 2020: Determine heritage, urban landscape and design priorities
- November to December 2020: Review feedback and provide project updates
- July 2020 to January 2021: Begin procurement of alliance contractor
Design Development and Pre-Construction
- January 2021: Alignment options assessment and alliance contract awarded.
- May 2021: Consultation on alignment options
- June 2021: Design development
- July and August 2021: Consultation on bridge aesthetics, heritage, public spaces, walking and cycling paths and construction impacts
- September 2021: Detailed design and pre-construction
- October 2021: Ongoing community and stakeholder engagement
- December 2021: Information on construction impacts. Pre-construction
- 2022 to 2025: Estimated construction
View a Word document text version of this timeline here.
Construction and Project Updates
- Project Update - August 2021 - Design Inspiration and Online Survey - PDF (341 KB)
- Project Update - August 2021 - Design Forums - PDF (223 KB)
- Project Update - August 2021 - Bridge Alignment Announced - PDF (595 KB)
- Project Update - June 2021 - PDF (203 KB)
- Project Update - May 2021 - PDF (508 KB)
- Project Update - May 2021 - Alignment Options - PDF (13.3MB)
- Project Update - March 2021 - PDF (680 KB)
- Project Update - January 2021 - PDF (1 MB)
- Project Update - August 2020 - PDF (7 MB)
- Design Inspiration - August 2021 - PDF (6.7 MB)
- Frequently Asked Questions - August 2021 - PDF (177 KB)
- Fact Sheet - Fremantle Traffic Bridge Condition - PDF (735 KB)
- Design phase begins for Swan River Crossings Project - 24 August 2021
- Community informs alignment for Swan River Crossings project - 2 August 2021
- Next phase of community consultation begins for Swan River Crossings Project - 11 May 2021
- Community feedback guides next stage of Swan River Crossings project - 2 February 2021
- Swan River Crossing reaches new milestone - 17 August 2020
- Community feedback sought on Fremantle Traffic Bridge replacement - 6 August 2020
The project is funded by the State ($115 million) and Commonwealth ($115 million) governments.
Next phase of community consultation begins for Swan River Crossings Project
Design phase begins for Swan River Crossings Project
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