Minister intervenes in State plan to demolish Duke Street footbridge
STATE Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has intervened in last month’s shock decision to demolish the Duke Street footbridge (pictured left) over WA’s busy standard gauge rail freight link that cuts Toodyay in half.Read more
Toodyay Shire President Brian Rayner called it “poor public policy and an abdication of responsibility by the State Government”.
“The shire calls on the Minister to do the right thing by the Toodyay community and repair or replace the bridge.”
Ms Saffioti said she was disappointed the Public Transport Authority (PTA) had said it would demolish the bridge before she could respond to a letter from the Shire of Toodyay.
“My office has contacted the local member and we will be getting in touch with the shire to request further information such as any engineering assessments that may have been undertaken.
“I note that among the previous Liberal-National government’s enormous Royalties for Regions expenditure, not a cent was put towards fixing this bridge.
“This is despite the former transport minister being asked to resolve the situation in December 2015.”
The State Government built the footbridge in the 1960s when Toodyay was cut in half by the new rail link from Sydney to Perth.
The PTA closed the bridge for structural assessment in May after a local woman was injured in a fall on the uneven surface.
The State agency said the bridge was a shire responsibility under WA law and it would not pay for repairs or a new bridge.