Elizabeth Quay is one of the most publicly accessible parts of the metropolitan area with connections to bus, train, CAT, ferry, cycle and pedestrian networks. Planning for the project has prioritised public transport, walking and cycling wherever possible.
It is inevitable that the project will change the way traffic moves around the city. As part of Elizabeth Quay, a section of Riverside Drive will be diverted in late-2013 and will be redesigned to allow traffic to flow into Barrack and William Streets in favour of lower speed, shared-use zones that are safer for cyclists and pedestrians and are generally more comfortable for city workers, residents and tourists.
The decision to divert a section of Riverside Drive (between Barrack and William Streets) will reconnect the city with the river and transform the area from a freeway access point to an urbane, city environment. Detailed traffic modelling has informed this decision. It is important to note that the diversion of Riverside Drive will not be in place unitl changes to improve connectiviity of peripheral roads are well progressed, including a new city bound connection from Point Lewis Rotary (under the Narrows Bridge) to Mounts Bay Road, via William Street.
A $105million CBD transport plan will address traffic congestion as the city is transformed by projects such as Elizabeth Quay and the Perth City Link. A key initiative of the plan is the widening of Graham Farmer Freeway to three lanes in each direction to accommodate traffic travelling past the city. For more details about the traffic and transport initiatives, download our frequently asked questions document or read Transport Minister Troy Buswell's media statement.