South Terrace streetscape improvement

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We're planning to upgrade six intersections on South Terrace to slow traffic and help create a pedestrian friendly environment that supports street life.

Each intersection 'node' will include:

  • Reduced road width to make it safer for people to cross the street.
  • Removing and replacing temporary speed bumps with a raised platform, surfaced with red asphalt and stencil markings to delineate the section and encourage drivers to slow down.
  • Widened footpath to create a bigger pedestrian area.
  • New paving, street furniture and trees to create a better space for people.

A map of the proposed works between Douro Road and South Street and the proposed order of completion can be downloaded here or refer to the timeline on this page.


Node two (Jenkin Street / South Terrace)

With node one (Little Lefroy Lane) and in-ground drainage works for node two (Jenkin Street) both complete, the streetscape component for node two has now received budget approval. The design inspiration for node two will be the mosaic located outside the Meeting Place, part of a community-led bush tucker art project launched in 2008. An early artists impression is included below and you can see the mosaic on the footpath outside the Meeting Place. Detailed streetscape design, incorporating this mosaic inspired artwork, will be shared in further updates.


For more information about this project please read the FAQs and timeline on this page.

We're planning to upgrade six intersections on South Terrace to slow traffic and help create a pedestrian friendly environment that supports street life.

Each intersection 'node' will include:

  • Reduced road width to make it safer for people to cross the street.
  • Removing and replacing temporary speed bumps with a raised platform, surfaced with red asphalt and stencil markings to delineate the section and encourage drivers to slow down.
  • Widened footpath to create a bigger pedestrian area.
  • New paving, street furniture and trees to create a better space for people.

A map of the proposed works between Douro Road and South Street and the proposed order of completion can be downloaded here or refer to the timeline on this page.


Node two (Jenkin Street / South Terrace)

With node one (Little Lefroy Lane) and in-ground drainage works for node two (Jenkin Street) both complete, the streetscape component for node two has now received budget approval. The design inspiration for node two will be the mosaic located outside the Meeting Place, part of a community-led bush tucker art project launched in 2008. An early artists impression is included below and you can see the mosaic on the footpath outside the Meeting Place. Detailed streetscape design, incorporating this mosaic inspired artwork, will be shared in further updates.


For more information about this project please read the FAQs and timeline on this page.

Guest Book

The South Terrace streetscape improvement between Sydney Street and Little Lefroy Lane is now complete, what do you think of the changes?

We're now preparing for the second location at the intersection of Jenkin Street and South Terrace, do you have any ideas to share?

Please leave your feedback or comments below by 4 February 2019.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Thank you for providing your feedback and ideas.

It’s a great improvement, brings a good vibe to the area. More of the same, or similar, even better!

Brenda Kemp almost 3 years ago

An absolute waste of time & money.
You need to totally rethink this.

almost 3 years ago

Total waste of imagination and money. It looks like a kinder garden playground . Of no safety value and I still can’t inch safely out onto South Tce from Lefroy. Not impressed at all. A lazy effort.

SarahC almost 3 years ago

I think it looks embarrassingly like a kindergarten playground. Was that the intention? I don’t understand how it will make already friendly South Freo more friendly - or safe! I still feel great nervousness inching out onto South Tce from Lefroy. It needs lights (I know -, RoadsDept) not coloured lines. It certainly doesn’t improve MY suburb of South Freo. Please stop trying to leave your mark if the mark does nothing but spend my rates.

SarahC almost 3 years ago

Couple of ideas for cnr Jenkin and South:
1. A small roundabout with a tree would manage the traffic better and slow it down.
2. A plane tree on the NE corner with street seating would be good
3. A road divider on the east side (Jenkin St) would help (both dividers could have trees)

The works at Little Lefroy and South are excellent - so the next cnr could emulate this.

Gordon Payne almost 3 years ago

Great improvement . Great steet scape , traffic flow and visibilty. Well done . Fully support .

Stuart almost 3 years ago

Extremely disappointed. I don't see how painting the road and marking some of the pavement alongside plus the odd bench or planter box will make any difference to traffic calming or making the area a community hub. There are enough cafes, restaurants along South Terrace to give a vibe to the area - all that is needed are lots of trees from South St to Douro Rd to soften the streetscape and provide shade thus encouraging people to walk.

briboquinn almost 3 years ago

Love the changes in South Tce - and love them in Siuth St Hilton too. I think they are tastefully fun and should age well. Thank you- ‘the old girl’ (Frem) is lookin’ good

Ros de souza almost 3 years ago

This is a very good first effort for a shared surface environment and creates an identifiable place rather than just a road junction.

My observation and experience is that the traffic has appeared to slow down entering this area - at worst no one is driving faster than before. Pulling out in a car onto South Terrace from Little Lefroy has been noticeably easier than before. Crossing south terrace as a pedestrian feels more easily accomplished.

Some observations:

1. There is no obvious surface texture change between road zone and pedestrian zone which are useful for people who are blind or have guide dogs. Not tactiles just a cobble or something similar. This is typical of shared streets in Copenhagen for example
2. Reduce parking so close to these junction improvements and free up limited parking and no stopping areas along south terrace instead
3. A minor point - finish the pattern as per the intent it seems like lines are missing


There will always be resistance to change and people thinking that this will solve a problem overnight would be foolish, similarly thinking it has created a more dangerous junction is equally unfounded.

Freo please invest in monitoring this space round the clock and get a really good understanding of how it is used, the movement of people, cars and cyclists. This will be the best way to inform future stages.

WSchofield almost 3 years ago

It’s great, a lovely gentle intervention

Gemma Hohnen almost 3 years ago

I think the street looks good, new & fresh. That odd large pot with a grass tree or other easy care native would look pretty special. Those native hibiscus seem hardy and look good.

Cocoloco almost 3 years ago

I do like what you have done. I’m not sure why the rise onto the coloured section is more pronounced coming from one direction and smoother coming from the other. But my main concern is turning right, from Little Lefroy into Sth Terrace. It is a very tight turn, made even tighter by the placement of a parking spot directly opposite Little Lefroy’s tapas bar. I also agree with DMC about cars edging forward at the stop sign - paint in the white line. Hope you keep up the improvements and are prepared to modify things that don’t work. Looking forward to a colourful and safe Sth Tce.

Will R almost 3 years ago

Have you considered how any of the emergency services head south out of Fremantle? Particularly fire trucks. Due to the speed humps and alterations which have taken place on South Terrace, more traffic is taking Marine Terrace, which blocks up at the bend into Douro Road preventing Fire Trucks from getting out of Fremantle under fire call conditions...

Ryan almost 3 years ago

Love the new look

Kathrin almost 3 years ago

Congratulations to elected members and City officers for an outstanding result. The streetscape looks terrific and in the main has addressed major traffic and pedestrian issues at this busy cafe hub. However, many cars and motor bikes are still exceeding the 30kph limit, so perhaps the signs advising of the reduced speed limit could be located further in advance of the streetscape (perhaps with flashing electronic signs?)

Lawrence Apps almost 3 years ago

It’s ironic that the headline above reads ‘to create a pedestrian friendly environment... and changes to slow traffic’. As a local resident I am extremely unhappy with the recent changes between Sydney and Lefroy, it is a nightmare now for pedestrians in the area and is not safe at all. It’s amost impossible to cross South Terrace there now as cars do NOT slow down at all now the speed bumps have been removed.
It’s also very dangerous driving out of Sydney Street due to the car parking space just to the right on South Terrace. You cannot see traffic coming along the Terrace at all. Please remove this car parking bay!
I really hope that the Council thinks again and does not make the same mistake at other interesections along South terrace. The whole street will just become a rat race if that happens, there will be nothing to slow cars at all and nowhere for pedestrians to cross!
A very worried resident.

Kate Jane almost 3 years ago

I didn't realise this was proposed for 5 intersections - basically the whole of South Terrace! It's OTT. Even the amount of traffic humps were reduced in the previous attempt to calm traffic. I am sure traffic has been decreased in this road to more manageable levels due to the humps and Fremantle council should have these figures. Is it really necessary to go to such lengths as this?
Having driven a few times through the upgraded Little Lefroy intersection I found the lines a distraction from the surroundings. There were no white lines guiding cars where to stop at the stop signs and no lines to guide pedestrians to where it is safest to cross. Those arty lines do not belong on a road, they guide a drivers eye away from what is happening on the sidewalk and on the road. In winter with dark and wet weather, I cannot see how this idea makes it safer for all road users. The fact that it has got so far without common sense and opposition from precincts makes me wonder if it has been even worth my while commenting here?

Michelle Cunningham almost 3 years ago

Parking is very random. How was it envisioned to be?
The lack of any formal xing points leads to some very casual crossing modes which is potentially dangerous.

Bikerbob almost 3 years ago

In general we are pleased with the new layout. However, please reinstate the white line next to the stop sign at the junction of Little Lefroy St. and South Terrace, and at other junctions. Cars drive right out of the side streets to the end of the extended pavement before stopping and sometimes, only slowing. As a cyclist on South Terrace this is extremely unnerving and I have had to swerve out into the middle of this narrowed section in anticipation, thankfully, there was no car behind me

DMC almost 3 years ago

Extending the painted lines is an encouragement for me as a pedestrian to just walk out on the road without looking.
I have almost done it a number of times. Silly, that's why we have kerbs and footpaths and roads in different colours, so we can tell the difference

scomo almost 3 years ago
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