Fremantle seeks clarity on Perth Freight Link tunnel

The City of Fremantle has welcomed the increased certainty provided by the Premier’s announcement of a Roe 9 tunnel but reiterates its long-standing position of not supporting the Perth Freight Link (PFL) in its current proposed form.

The City favours the development of a new second harbour south of Fremantle as a long-term solution to Perth’s growing container freight and traffic congestion issues.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said while the Premier’s weekend announcement provided a degree of certainty to residents in some suburbs, it raised new questions and concerns for residents across many suburbs in the City of Fremantle.

“While it’s pleasing that both major political parties now have firm positions on the PFL in the lead up to the state election, there remains considerable confusion for residents of Fremantle as to the proposed route and impacts of the PFL.” Dr Pettitt said.

“The Premier’s confirmation that no further road upgrades will occur between the Stirling and Canning Highway intersection and the port raises questions regarding traffic congestion. With tens of thousands of extra vehicles expected to use the PFL we fear a severe traffic bottleneck at the already busy intersection of Canning and Stirling Highways and congestion along Tydeman Road ultimately restricting access from the North into Fremantle.

“On behalf of Fremantle residents and ratepayers, the City will seek further details from the government about the likely impact of the construction of the proposed tunnel.”

In the weeks ahead the City will seek responses to the critical questions listed below and requests this information be made available to the broader community.

Residents need to know:

  1. What is the proposed alignment of the tunnel through Hilton, Beaconsfield and White Gum Valley and which parts will require resumption of homes and/or cut and cover construction?
  2. How will the approximately 160 properties within the tunnel footprint be protected from noise, vibration and subsidence, and what assurances can be made in regards to property values being maintained?
  3. Will the tunnel emerge north or south of the High Street and Stirling Highway intersection?
  4. Will tunnel construction result in road closures or restricted road access? What are the anticipated short and long-term traffic impacts for the greater Fremantle area and how will these be addressed?
  5. Will a toll be applied to the tunnel and if so, what percentage of traffic is estimated to seek alternative routes through residential areas to avoid paying the toll?
  6. What will be the impact of the tunnel on bores, groundwater and tree root systems?
  7. How will the tunnel be ventilated, and if ventilation shafts are to be used, how many will be needed, where will they be located, what size will they be and what will be the tenure of the land on which they are built? How will the serious health issue of diesel particulate emissions be dealt with considering the proximity to homes, schools and health facilities?
  8. What assurances can be provided that existing traffic, pedestrian and cycling movements in and out of the Fremantle city centre, North Fremantle town centre and Port and Leighton beaches won't become completely severed or subject to severe congestion issues?
  9. What initial upgrades to the road network are required within North and East Fremantle given the tunnel will deliver significantly more traffic to this area? What does modelling suggest this increase would look like and how will this be managed to ensure local residents aren’t severely affected?
  10. What are the future plans for dealing with the last link to the port and how will that impact the surrounding communities of North and East Fremantle? Is this final upgrade expected to be another tunnel, or duplication of Stirling Bridge and grade separations and upgrades to roads leading into the port?

For more information on council’s position visit the Perth Freight link page.