Hay Street, Perth

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Trams running in Hay Street, Perth, in 1949. The Perth Town Hall is on the left.
The section of Hay Street between Barrack Street and William Street is now a pedestrian mall.

Hay Street is a major road through the CBD of Perth, Western Australia, and adjacent suburbs. The street was named after Robert William Hay, the Permanent Under Secretary for Colonies. Sections of the road were called Howick Street[note 1] and Twiss Street[note 2] until 1897.[1] One block in the central CBD section is now a pedestrian mall with extremely limited vehicular traffic, so that it is necessary to make a significant detour in order to drive the entire length of Hay Street.

Route description[edit]

Orientated east-west, the road starts at the Causeway traveling west through the suburbs of East Perth, Perth, West Perth, and Subiaco, where the road originally terminated at Subiaco.

A subway under the Fremantle railway line was constructed in the early 1900s, replaced when the railway was moved underground through Subiaco in 1999. From that point it becomes Underwood Avenue through Jolimont, Floreat (past Perry Lakes) and ends in Swanbourne.

Heritage buildings[edit]

The Hay Street east, the Mall and Hay Street west sections are lined by numerous listed heritage buildings, and in fact there are buildings of some heritage conservation value at various points along the entire route of Hay Street.

History[edit]

Pedestrian mall[edit]

The Hay Street pedestrian mall was the earliest conversion from street to mall in Perth,[2] despite the road being a major thoroughfare. Through traffic was initially diverted to either Murray Street or St Georges Terrace.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Named after Earl Grey Viscount Howick[1]
  2. ^ Named after Horace Twiss, Under Secretary of State[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Olde Perth". Department of Land Administration, Western Australia. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 19 March 2007. 
  2. ^ "Pedestrianisation: Hay Street: a central precinct. (Perth)", RAPIJ: Royal Australian Planning Institute Journal 19 (May 1981), May 1981: 61, retrieved 20 September 2013 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing