Pedestrian numbers are on the rise in the Perth CBD, however pedestrian flows were altered by major construction projects and the amenity of recent building upgrades in the main shopping precinct, according to a survey of pedestrian traffic in the city.
The 2006 Perth CBD Pedestrian Survey was conducted on Tuesday 9 May 2006 between 12.30 PM and 2.00 PM, by the Property Council of Australia and Lease Equity. The survey is a count of pedestrian movements at selected observation points in an area bounded by Barrack Street, Hay Street, Milligan Street and Murray Street. The long-running survey is conducted periodically every two to three years and it was last held in 2003.
The average number of pedestrians counted at 42 observation points during the one and a half hour survey period was 3,139 persons, one percent up on 2003. The results also varied significantly across the CBD.
The Hay Street Mall reclaimed the position as the busiest sector in the city from the Murray Street Mall. An average of 5,376 pedestrians was counted at observation points along the Hay Street mall, 6.4% up on 2003. In the Murray Street Mall the average number of observations was 5,346, 9.0% down on the recording in 2003. The Murray Street observations were affected by construction work occurring at the William Street entrance, which also affected recordings along William Street.
Amongst the arcades Plaza Arcade recorded the largest average number of pedestrian counts per observation point (3,186), 14.3% up on 2003. The average number of pedestrian counts per observation point in city’s biggest arcade, Carillon, was 3,080 persons, a 2.4% rise.
The Executive Director of the Property Council of Australia (WA), Joe Lenzo, said the growth in overall pedestrian traffic in the city is a good result despite the significant disruption caused by construction work in the city.
“When all the work is finished and the new city rail line is operating we expect a much larger increase in pedestrian traffic in the city”.
Lease Equity Managing Director, Jim Tsagalis, said, “The Hay St mall has benefited most from the growth in the city workforce as well the significant building upgrades in the mall”
Whilst not a part of the survey, Mr Tsagalis added “…the Murray Street Mall carries greater traffic at weekends, primarily due to shoppers visiting the department stores and lifestyle fashion outlets rather than CBD office workers, who dominate traffic flow during the working week”.
“These results demonstrate that the dynamics of the CBD are changing and we anticipate more change resulting from developments such as Century City and the new train station.”