New Perth Bridge to Provide Access for Thousands of Cyclists and Pedestrians

City Skyline is visible in the distance behind a body of water

A new addition to Perth‘s skyline is in the pipeline.

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has announced additional funding for the construction of a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the Swan River.

The project, which was originally announced in August 2020, was estimated to cost about $50 million.

Mr McGowan and Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced today the new bridge will be jointly funded by the state and federal governments on a 50-50 basis.

Each will provide an additional $25 million to the project, which will bring the total budget to $100 million.

The new bridge will take pedestrians and cyclists off the existing Causeway bridge, which is expected to provide access to 1500 cyclists and 2000 pedestrians daily.

Minister for Transport and Planning Rita Saffioti said the bridge will be six metres wide and “significantly higher” than the current Causeway Bridge.

“With an estimated 540,000 cycling trips undertaken on the current Causeway Bridge, the new structure will provide a safer, easier option for cyclists and pedestrians,” Ms Saffioti said.