The Australian Government has invested $96 million towards congestion-busting projects for Perth to get locals home safer and sooner - including projects to remove bottlenecks in three areas as well as widen the Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways and the construction of a new train station.
“That is why we are investing in public transport infrastructure and removing pinch points and bottlenecks will make a real difference to the lives of people living in fast-growing suburbs.
“This will help families and businesses get back valuable time,” Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.
This multi-million dollar investment will go towards the following projects:
$20 million toward extending Lloyd Street in Hazelmere to ease congestion caused by limited freight access to the industrial areas of Hazelmere and Midlands
$13.25 million towards upgrading a three-kilometre stretch of Abernethy Road to tackle congestion caused by population growth and more heavy vehicles servicing nearby industrial areas in Kewdale
$10 million towards construction of Lakelands Station on the Mandurah Rail Line, filling a 23-kilometre gap in the urban rail network in order to ease pressure on the city’s roads
$2.5 million to bust congestion at the Shorehaven Boulevard/Marmion Avenue intersection at Alkimos, improving peak-period travel times and safety for Perth’s growing northern suburbs
$50 million to roll out the next section of widening of the Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways and to implement intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to monitor and control traffic flows
These projects are being delivered under the $1 billion Urban Congestion Fund.
“The Urban Congestion Fund is designed to eliminate congestion issues where they are hurting the most - not only the major freeways but the local pinch points which can provide daily headaches to commuters,” Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said.
The Minister added that the funding for the Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways builds on the existing commitment for widening works and implementation of ITS on the Kwinana Freeway between Canning Highway and Narrows Bridge - with works already underway.
“These investments are about managing the flow of vehicles onto, through and out of the freeway corridors to maximise the network’s performance,” Mr Tudge said.
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