Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Perth-Fremantle Principal Shared Path extension opens

    24/09/2021 11:40 AM
    • 2.1 km Principal Shared Path connecting Victoria Street and North Fremantle stations now open
    • Extension provides a safe route for riders and walkers from Perth to North Fremantle
    • Locals can ride new section on October 17 at WA Bike Month's 'Leighton Slow Roll'
    • Further PSP extension from North Fremantle Station and across Swan River part of Swan River Crossings project
    • McGowan Government investing a record $265 million in cycling infrastructure  

    Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has today opened a new 2.1 kilometre section of Principal Shared Path (PSP) along the Fremantle train line that gives riders and walkers a safe, off-road route to travel between Perth and North Fremantle.


    The four-metre wide PSP has been constructed by local company Advanteering Civil Engineers between Victoria Street and North Fremantle stations, and provides new access points to North Fremantle Station and the Leighton Beach Boulevard.


    A new concrete path connects the PSP to the Beehive Montessori School, and upgrades to pedestrian crossings on Curtin Avenue provide pedestrians with safe access to the Mosman Beach and Leighton Beach car parks.


    The $5.1 million project is part of the McGowan Government's $265 million investment in cycling infrastructure over the next four years, which includes the next stage of the project to extend the PSP between North Fremantle Station and the Swan River as part of the Swan River Crossings project.


    A three-kilometre section of PSP along the Fremantle Line was completed between Grant Street and Victoria Street in mid-2019, with data collected from the opening to June 2020 showing a 139 per cent increase in bike traffic.


    As part of WA Bike Month this October, the community is invited to participate in a free event by the Leighton Community Action Network Town Team to celebrate the opening of the new path section.


    The 'Leighton Slow Roll' is an all ages and abilities bike ride from Victoria Street Station along the new PSP to North Fremantle Station on October 17, 2021, finishing near Leighton Beach, with riders to collect stamps at checkpoints to claim a free brekkie roll or coffee at one of the local cafés.


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "This path extension is a great asset for the Fremantle community and provides safe access to local amenities for walkers and riders of all ages and abilities, as well as a high-quality, connected trip between the City and North Fremantle.


    "Every day more than 600 cyclists use the PSP north of Victoria Street Station and we expect this number to grow with the opening of this new section of path.


    "As a celebration of WA Bike Month in October, locals can test out the new path at the Leighton Community Action Network Town Team's event supported by the $12,000 WA Bike Month major event grant.


    "We have a record investment in cycling and walking infrastructure, with more than $265 million allocated over the next four years to deliver other major projects including the next phase of this PSP extension as part of the Swan River Crossings project."


    Minister's office - 6552 5500