Fremantle to Murdoch transport capacity

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Connectivity between Fremantle and Murdoch
Priority Initiative
Location
Perth, WA
Geography
Fast-growing cities
Category
Efficient urban transport networks
Problem/Opportunity timeframe
Near term (0-5 years)
Proposed By
South West Group
Date added to the IPL
26 February 2021
Fremantle to Murdoch transport capacity

Problem

South Street connects Fremantle and Murdoch, which are two major growth precincts within Perth.

The South Street corridor is congested and has relatively uncompetitive public transport options.

In 2017, network analysis from the WA Government indicated that South Street had the second highest congestion costs per road-kilometre in Perth. These problems are expected to worsen over time with development in southern Perth.

The Murdoch Activity Centre is projected to grow to be the largest employment centre outside of the Perth CBD with 35,000 workers, 44,000 students and 22,000 residents.

The 2019 Australian Infrastructure Audit found that urban travel patterns are becoming increasingly complex, driven by economic, social, demographic and technological changes.

It is important to ensure that the planning and design of our networks reflect the needs of customers. Failure to cater for changing patterns of travel could contribute to growing congestion our fast-growing cities like Perth.

Proposed initiative

Potential options to address the initiative include:

  • enhancing the existing road network
  • improving bus services
  • providing higher-capacity public transport options.

Next steps

Proponent to identify initiatives and develop options (Stage 2 of Infrastructure Australia’s Assessment Framework).