Final concept design for the $280 million Swan River crossing released

Swan River Project

Swan River Crossing, Western Australia,


The Swan River crossing concept design will transform a key gateway into Fremantle, easing traffic and creating better connections to precincts.

The concept plan features a direct connection into the port city via Queen Victoria Street and realigning Canning Highway to travel under the new traffic bridge, creating new connections for road, rail, boat and path users.

Importantly, community aspirations will be realised with the area in front of the heritage-listed Naval Store becoming available to progress opportunities for a new public open space.

The transformation of the area includes:

  • removing the signalised intersection at Canning Highway and Queen Victoria Street;
  • realigning Canning Highway from East Street to travel down and under the new bridge, and connecting to Beach Street;
  • prioritising journeys into Fremantle via Queen Victoria Street, providing a direct, free-flowing journey from North Fremantle into the harbour city; and
  • opportunities for urban landscaping, heritage interpretation and community connection for an area in front of the existing Naval Store, including the use of existing timber pylons in the current traffic bridge.

Cyclists and pedestrians will have new paths on both sides of the new traffic bridge – including a four-metre-wide standard pedestrian and cyclist path on the western side and a three-metre-wide shared path on the east.

Shifting Canning Highway will create a new direct connection into Victoria Quay. This aligns with the recent release of the draft Fremantle Harbours Master Plan which will revitalise and connect all of Fremantle’s waterfront precincts.

Architects and local urban designers continue to guide the project with development of an Architectural Urban and Landscaping Design framework. This early concept has been presented to the Heritage Council, the State Design Review Panel and key stakeholders.

Ongoing discussions will continue throughout the development approvals process in the coming months.

The $280 million Swan River Crossings project is one of Fremantle’s most significant infrastructure projects and will see the delivery of new rail and traffic bridges.

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and Western Australian Governments, each contributing $140 million.

Source: © Government of Western Australia Media Release

Image Source: Courtesy of the Government of Western Australia

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