Fremantle pedestrian crossings upgrade
Pedestrian crossing

The Fremantle Pedestrian Crossing Upgrade project is now complete.

Work has begun to upgrade the pedestrian crossings in the 2.7km section of freight rail corridor between South Beach and the Round House. 

The upgrades resulted from an inspection and audit of the facilities to ensure compliance with Australian standards for accessibility for those less able bodied and line-of-sight issues for train operations.  The PTA’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2007-2012 ensures that the requirements outlined in the Disability Standard for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) are met.  Also, the Disability Discrimination Act Transport Standards stipulate that all level crossings must comply by 2022. The audit revealed that none of the crossings in this location met standard.

The PTA then considered the implications of bringing each crossing, including its access and egress, into line with modern disability and line-of-sight requirements taking into account such other factors as cost, location of nearby crossings, pedestrian counts (conducted on a fine Sunday in February and listed in the graph below), and the destination of the user.

A combination of these factors identified five crossings that were unsuitable for upgrade – Wilson Park, Jenkin Street, Grey Street, Russell Street and Esplanade Station South.  This left 12 crossings across the 2.7km section of railway making an average of one every 225m.  Since the upgrade work began in February 2010, we have reviewed our decision on the crossing at Grey Street which will now be upgraded and remain open, though this will require further work to slew the adjoining path and upgrade the verge. 

Wilson Park, Jenkin Street, Russell Street and Esplanade Station South each have significant and costly engineering implications to address access and egress along with light pedestrian usage, sighting issues, close access to alternative crossings and destination of the users.

Depending on line-of-sight compliance, the upgrades involve installing either mazes or direct crossings fitted with automated gates.  The upgrade work will be staged so that a nearby crossing remains open while the work is done.

Douro Road, Beach Access, South Street, Grey Street, Esplanade Station North Croke Lane and Round House have been completed. The new wider and safer mazes are examples of an upgraded crossings that are more user-friendly for those less able-bodied, for cyclists and indeed all users.  The $1.3m upgrade program continues at Round House with the crossings at Wilson Park and Esplanade Station South now closed.

For further information on this project, please email Lynda.Gray@pta.wa.gov.au or phone 9326 2623.

Click here to view media release.

Click here to view the PTA’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2007-2012.


The below graph and table show the pedestrian traffic counts for each crossing.

Graph: Pedestrian traffic counts


 CROSSING NAME 

 NUMBER OF USERS 

 ROUND HOUSE

 975

 CROKE LANE

 315

 MARINE TERRACE

 3954

 FISH MARKETS

 5831

 ESPLANADE STATION NORTH

 1187

 ESPLANADE STATION SOUTH

 376

 RUSSELL STREET

 57

GREY STREET

 41

SOUTH STREET

 95

JENKIN STREET

 167

BEACH ACCESS

 368

DOURO ROAD

 681

WILSON PARK

45


 Click here to view an aerial map of the work site.

The Fremantle Pedestrian Crossing Upgrade project is now complete.

Work has begun to upgrade the pedestrian crossings in the 2.7km section of freight rail corridor between South Beach and the Round House. 

The upgrades resulted from an inspection and audit of the facilities to ensure compliance with Australian standards for accessibility for those less able bodied and line-of-sight issues for train operations.  The PTA’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2007-2012 ensures that the requirements outlined in the Disability Standard for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) are met.  Also, the Disability Discrimination Act Transport Standards stipulate that all level crossings must comply by 2022. The audit revealed that none of the crossings in this location met standard.

The PTA then considered the implications of bringing each crossing, including its access and egress, into line with modern disability and line-of-sight requirements taking into account such other factors as cost, location of nearby crossings, pedestrian counts (conducted on a fine Sunday in February and listed in the graph below), and the destination of the user.

A combination of these factors identified five crossings that were unsuitable for upgrade – Wilson Park, Jenkin Street, Grey Street, Russell Street and Esplanade Station South.  This left 12 crossings across the 2.7km section of railway making an average of one every 225m.  Since the upgrade work began in February 2010, we have reviewed our decision on the crossing at Grey Street which will now be upgraded and remain open, though this will require further work to slew the adjoining path and upgrade the verge. 

Wilson Park, Jenkin Street, Russell Street and Esplanade Station South each have significant and costly engineering implications to address access and egress along with light pedestrian usage, sighting issues, close access to alternative crossings and destination of the users.

Depending on line-of-sight compliance, the upgrades involve installing either mazes or direct crossings fitted with automated gates.  The upgrade work will be staged so that a nearby crossing remains open while the work is done.

Douro Road, Beach Access, South Street, Grey Street, Esplanade Station North Croke Lane and Round House have been completed. The new wider and safer mazes are examples of an upgraded crossings that are more user-friendly for those less able-bodied, for cyclists and indeed all users.  The $1.3m upgrade program continues at Round House with the crossings at Wilson Park and Esplanade Station South now closed.

For further information on this project, please email Lynda.Gray@pta.wa.gov.au or phone 9326 2623.

Click here to view media release.

Click here to view the PTA’s Disability Access and Inclusion Plan 2007-2012.


The below graph and table show the pedestrian traffic counts for each crossing.

Graph: Pedestrian traffic counts


 CROSSING NAME 

 NUMBER OF USERS 

 ROUND HOUSE

 975

 CROKE LANE

 315

 MARINE TERRACE

 3954

 FISH MARKETS

 5831

 ESPLANADE STATION NORTH

 1187

 ESPLANADE STATION SOUTH

 376

 RUSSELL STREET

 57

GREY STREET

 41

SOUTH STREET

 95

JENKIN STREET

 167

BEACH ACCESS

 368

DOURO ROAD

 681

WILSON PARK

45


 Click here to view an aerial map of the work site.

  
Image: Fremantle Pedestrian Crossings
Image: Fremantle Pedestrian Crossings