Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Missing link in Mitchell Freeway bicycle path to open today

    27/07/2020 2:45 PM
    • New 2.1 kilometre section of path on Mitchell Freeway to open today, plus upgrades to connecting paths at either end 
    • Includes a new bridge over Scarborough Beach Road with separated paths for people walking and riding
    • Completed missing link provides faster, more comfortable and significantly safer access by bike to the Perth CBD, Leederville and Glendalough Station
    • Part of McGowan Government's $146 million cycling investment and commitment to complete the Principal Shared Path network within a 15 kilometre radius of the Perth CBD by 2023 

    A critical missing link in the Mitchell Freeway Principal Shared Path (PSP) between Hutton Street and Glendalough Station will open at 5pm today (July 27), making it easier and safer for people in the northern suburbs to ride to and from the Perth central business district, as well as destinations in between.


    Delivered as part of the Mitchell Freeway Southbound Widening project - Cedric to Vincent Street, the $19 million project is the biggest single investment in WA's PSP network to date.


    It provides people riding and walking with a further 2.1 kilometres of high-quality, uninterrupted path that saves time and improves safety by no longer requiring them to cross over the freeway on their journey.


    The project has also provided an opportunity to upgrade the PSP through to Vincent Street in Leederville at the southern end and Telford Crescent in Stirling at the northern end, resulting in a smoother and more enjoyable journey over more than five kilometres.


    The path includes a 60 metre-long, seven-metre-wide bridge over Scarborough Beach Road and two new underpasses at the Hutton Street on and off ramps, providing a safe and completely off-road experience.


    In another first for the PSP network, the impressive locally made bridge, features separate facilities for people riding and walking, with a four-metre-wide bicycle path and two-metre-wide pedestrian path improving safety and connectivity to Glendalough Station for all users.


    Completing this essential link is part of the McGowan Government's $146 million cycling investment and commitment to complete the PSP network within a 15 kilometre radius of the Perth central business district by 2023.


    Finishing works are still underway, so please pay careful attention and adhere to signage.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "Completing this critical missing link on the Mitchell Freeway PSP creates a safe, continuous and comfortable journey for people riding and walking to and from the Perth CBD as well as connecting to Glendalough Station and local attractions such as Leederville, Lake Monger and Herdsman Lake.


    "The dedicated bicycle and pedestrian paths over Scarborough Beach Road safely support the record number of Western Australians we have seen walking, running or riding on our PSP network in recent months, and I am confident this new link will be welcomed by the community.


    "The McGowan Government is investing $146 million in cycling infrastructure over four years to help make WA a place where riding a bike is a safe, connected, convenient and widely accepted mode of transport.


    "Cycling infrastructure investment is good for the WA economy and supports local jobs, with more than 150 jobs estimated to have been supported during the construction phase of this project."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500