Stage 1 of a new $4.3 million pedestrian and bike path recently completed in Armadale will see numerous transport and wellbeing benefits and significantly improve connectivity and safety for the local community.
The project, which was jointly funded by the State Government through the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program and the City of Armadale, provides a safer path for pedestrians and cyclists.
Mayor Ruth Butterfield said Armadale needs quality infrastructure and this pathway is a valuable addition for our local community which will be enjoyed by thousands of cyclists and pedestrians alike.
"Having a dedicated shared pathway along Railway Avenue through the centre of Kelmscott will encourage residents to travel to work or school, or explore their local community on foot or bicycle.
"With walking and bike riding being popular forms of transport and recreation, these initiatives improve the level of safety for people walking and riding and build active and healthy communities,” she said.
The shared path extends the current path on Railway Avenue at the corner of Lowanna Way to Ryland Road, near Challis Station. Stage 2 is anticipated to be constructed in sections from Ryland Road to Lake Road commencing in 2020 with an anticipated delivery of 2022.
When completed, the 4.7 kilometre Railway Avenue shared path will ultimately complete the missing link of paths connecting the Sherwood, Challis and Kelmscott stations and improve connectivity and safety for pedestrians and cyclists.
It also complements the removal of Denny Avenue level crossing and the grade separation works currently underway at Davis Road. This METRONET project includes the construction of the other missing shared path between Bray Street and Kelmscott Train Station.
Through the WA Bicycle Network Grants Program the State Government provides local government authorities with funding for up to 50 per cent of the total project cost for the design and implementation of bicycle network infrastructure and programs.