Swan River Crossings

Closed 10 Sep 2020

Opened 4 Sep 2020


Main Roads Western Australia (Main Roads) is proposing to build the Swan River Crossings (the Proposal) that includes the construction of new road and rail bridges, the upgrading of the existing rail bridge and the demolition of the existing Fremantle Traffic Bridge in Fremantle, Western Australia.  

The proposals location includes the Road and rail corridor along Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle from Tydeman Road in the north to Canning Highway south of the Swan River. And the eastern side of the rail corridor from North Fremantle Station to Tydeman Road. Works for the Proposal will include: 

Road Works 

  • Construction of a standalone four-lane bridge over the Swan River (to the east / up-stream of the existing Fremantle Traffic Bridge). 

  • Realignment and upgrade of Queen Victoria Street and Canning Highway to suit the new road bridge over the Swan River. 

  • Construction of a Principal Shared Path (PSP) from North Fremantle Station to Canning Highway including: 

  • Construction of a bridge structure to take the PSP over Tydeman Road. 

  • Crossing the Swan River via the new road bridge, which is to accommodate separated pedestrian and cycling traffic. 

  • Demolition of existing Fremantle Traffic Bridge with a minimum of 19m over water to be retained at the southern end. 

Rail works 

  • Construction of new standalone passenger rail bridge over the Swan River carrying two narrow gauge mainlines. 

  • Realignment, modification and upgrade of existing rail infrastructure to suit new and retained rail bridge structures. 

  • Retention and modification of the existing Fremantle Rail Bridge  as a dedicated freight rail bridge. 

  • Modification of existing rail-over-road bridge on Tydeman Rd. 

Why We Are Consulting

At this initial stage of the EIA process, comment is simply sought on whether or not the EPA should assess a proposal and, if so, what level of assessment is considered appropriate.

What Happens Next

Following the seven day public comment period and consideration of any comments received, the EPA will decide whether or not this proposal requires environmental impact assessment and, if so, what level of assessment will be applied.

The EPA's decisions on level of assessment are released each Monday on the EPA's website.


  • All of Western Australia


  • Public


  • Seven-day comment on referrals