Rail bar ‘unsafe’: PTA

THE public transport authority says a small bar proposed for a railway level crossing at Fremantle Port would be too dangerous.

Alexander Gilliam and David Anthony have applied to Fremantle council to open a micro-boozer in the old heritage-listed weighbridge on Phillimore Street, which has been vacant since Scoot Freo closed.

”It is concerning that intoxicated bar patrons could enter the rail reserve, which may result in serious injury if not death,” the PTA warned in a submission to the council.

The tiny building also fronts the notoriously confusing and busy Cliff-Phillimore Street intersection and Fremantle Ports and councillors expressed concern about pedestrian safety.

The council’s technical officer says traffic line markings could be modified to improve pedestrian safety, while drivers already slowed down at the intersection because it was confusing, ironically making it safer.

In 2015, the applicants were granted a conditional 15-year lease with approval for 75 patrons.

Their development application will now go before full council, with the officers recommending it be approved.

The first weighbridge was installed in 1897.

It was vested to the city in 1959 and used as a tourist offices in the 1980s.

If approved, the bar could be the local watering hole for employees at the new Mediterranean Shipping Company HQ on Cliff Street.


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