Guest Article - Department of Transport

The State Government has launched five exciting new transport initiatives throughout the Perth CBD to improve safety for pedestrians and cyclists while also enhancing connectivity into the central and eastern ends of the greater Perth area.

The new initiatives include:

  • An iconic new pedestrian and cyclist bridge across the Swan River, taking people walking and riding between Victoria Park and the Perth CBD off the existing Causeway Bridge;
  • A north-south bicycle route along Bennett Street;
  • An east-west bicycle route along Moore, Wittenoom and Nile Streets;
  • Path and lighting upgrades for the existing shared path connecting Waterbank and Matagarup Bridge; and
  • Improved safety and connectivity for bike riders and pedestrians around RAC Arena.

These projects are the first to be funded from Phase One of the Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan – a strategy to guide the transport future of Perth’s city centre over the next decade to create a safer, more connected and vibrant city centre.

Work began on the plan in late-2018 with advice and contributions sought from across government, industry, the community. The Committee for Perth was represented by Marion Fulker on an external reference group I chaired.

The first of the Plan’s two phases was delivered earlier this year when the State Government and the City of Perth reached agreement on a list of transport initiatives for the Perth inner city area that will be considered for funding prioritisation over the next five years.

Business cases and budget submissions will be needed for all new projects and a range of funding options will be explored.

The Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan Phase One report is available on the Department of Transport website. It details the priority initiatives within the Perth Parking Management Area and explains how and why they were selected.

By the end of this year, we are hoping to finalise the second and final phase of the Perth Greater CBD Transport Plan which will outline the transport vision, objectives and outcomes for the city over the next 10 years.

Great liveable cities around the world encourage cycling and walking: it encourages healthier communities, creates activated streets and builds vibrant neighbourhoods.

I hope this work will help make Perth a re-energised and vibrant city that provides transport options for all.

This article has been submitted by John Carey MLA, Minister for Perth and Parliamentary Secretary and Chair of the CBD Transport External Reference Group.

Acknowledgement of Country

The Committee For Perth acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.