Thomas Street, Perth

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Thomas Street
Western Australia
General information
Type Road
Length 3.3 km (2.1 mi)
Route number(s)
Tourist routes Tourist Drive 200 (Kings Park)
Major junctions
Southwest end Winthrop Avenue (State Route 61 / Tourist Drive 200), Shenton Park
 
Northeast end Loftus Street (State Route 61), West Leederville
Location(s)
Major suburbs Subiaco, West Perth

Thomas Street is a major northeast-southwest road in the Perth suburbs of Subiaco and West Perth, connecting Winthrop Avenue with Loftus Street. These roads, together with London Street further north, form State Route 61,[1] which links Crawley with West Perth and Yokine.

History[edit]

The road is named after James Thomas, the Director of Public Works 1876 to 1884.[2][3]

A railway station, to be located at the corner of Thomas Street and Subiaco Road, was proposed in the 1892.[4][5] There were mixed responses from the public,[6][7] but the construction costs would have been too expansive due to the steep grade.[8][9][10] An alternative site was selected nearby, at Kimberley Street.[10] West Leederville railway station opened there on 12 July 1897.[11]

In 1939, there were calls for the road to be rebuilt and upgraded to dual carriageway standard in the vicinity of Kings Park.[12] In 1940, a plan for construction of the second carriageway was announced by the King's Park Board, the Perth City Council and the Subiaco Municipal Council.[13] The councils would be jointly responsible for the building of the road, with the King's Park Board responsible for the clearing of vegetation.[13] The resumption of a strip of land along the edge of the park needed for the works was approved by an Act of Parliament.[13]

Route description[edit]

Thomas Street's southern terminus is a traffic light controlled intersection with Winthrop Avenue and Aberdare Road in Shenton Park, at the north-eastern corner of the Queen Elizabeth II Medical Centre, where Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital is located. The road follows the edge of Kings Park for 2.1 kilometres (1.3 mi) as a six lane dual carriageway, heading in a north-easterly direction to West Perth. North of Kings Park, Thomas Street narrows to a four lane single carriage, with a narrow median strip. It forms the boundary between Subiaco to the west and West Perth to the east of the road. After 600 metres (2,000 ft), the street passes by Princess Margaret Hospital, located between Hay Street and Roberts Road. This section is also part of State Route 65 westbound. The road's northern terminus is situated 600 metres (2,000 ft) further northeast, at its intersection with Loftus Street and Railway Parade. The major intersections along the road are controlled by traffic lights, with the exception of Murray Street.[14][15]

Major intersections[edit]

See also[edit]

Australian roads portal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Distance book (12 ed.). Main Roads Western Australia. 2012. pp. 4–5. ISBN 0 7309 7657 2. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Street Names" (PDF). City of Subiaco. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Institution of Civil Engineers (Great Britain) (1885), Excerpt, Minutes of proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, vol. lxxx, session 1884-85, part ii, [The Institution, retrieved 8 December 2012 
  4. ^ "DEPUTATIONS TO THE PREMIER.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 14 July 1892. p. 3. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "NEWS AND NOTES.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 14 July 1892. p. 4. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "CORRESPONDENCE.". Western Mail (Perth, WA : 1885 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 23 July 1892. p. 2. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "NEWS AND NOTES.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 17 August 1895. p. 5. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  8. ^ "THE NORTH PERTH RAILWAY STATION.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 26 June 1893. p. 3. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "THE MIDLAND RAILWAY COMPANY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA.". The Inquirer & Commercial News (Perth, WA : 1855 - 1901) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 30 June 1893. p. 23. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "STATION SITE AT LEEDERVILLE.". The Daily News (Perth, WA : 1882 - 1950) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 29 February 1896. p. 7. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "WESTERN AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT RAILWAYS.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 16 July 1897. p. 3. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "KING'S PARK.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 1 August 1939. p. 15. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c "KING'S PARK.". The West Australian (Perth, WA : 1879 - 1954) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 27 September 1940. p. 9. Retrieved 17 November 2012. 
  14. ^ 2011 UBD Perth and Surrounds Street Directory. Australia: Universal Publishers Pty Ltd. 2011. pp. Maps 268, 287. ISBN 978 0 7319 2653 4. 
  15. ^ Google, Inc. "Thomas Street, Perth". Google Maps (Map). Cartography by Google, Inc. https://maps.google.com.au/maps?saddr=Thomas+St%2FState+Route+61&daddr=Loftus+St%2FState+Route+61&hl=en&ll=-31.946318,115.834501&spn=0.014184,0.026157&sll=-31.96446,115.818518&sspn=0.001773,0.00327&geocode=FTVCGP4dVz7nBg%3BFYeVGP4dCZvnBg&mra=dme&mrsp=0&sz=19&t=m&z=16. Retrieved 8 December 2012.

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