B Shed is ‘Closed’.
If you are wondering what buses are doing at O’Connor’s Landing, Victoria Quay and beside B and E Shed … read on!
Fremantle Ports Authority closed the Historic B Shed building on August 17 after parts of the floor near the café and ferry ticket offices collapsed. A hole, due to subsidence and erosion around a wastewater drain seemed to be the problem.
The B Shed is one of the original timber cargo-handling sheds built in the 1920s. It was refurbished in 2009 and is one of Fremantle’s heritage listed buildings.
Rottnest Express and Sealink have set up temporary offices on Victoria Quay in newly painted large buses.
One of the staff reported that repairs could take up to two years. She is hoping that demountable buildings will arrive soon. It’s been difficult for staff working outside and inside the buses, especially with recent inclement weather.
The Freo Merchant Café at B Shed is also closed and has relocated to the east of E Shed, also in brightly painted big bus – this one painted ‘Life’s a beach’ bus.
Ferry services to Rottnest are running as normal from the B Shed wharf.
And as for the adjacent C Shed – it’s looking rather skeletal!
* By Jean Hudson
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