Works begin on central section of NorthLink WA

Media Release

DC166/2017

08 June 2017

Joint release with:

Rita Saffioti

WA Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands

  • Reducing travel times and congestion between Morley and Ellenbrook
  • Eliminating two of the State' most dangerous intersections
  • Over 1,000 jobs created during construction

The central section of NorthLink WA that will eventually halve journey times between Morley and Ellenbrook officially started construction today.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the NorthLink WA project would support over 1,000 jobs, and provide a new transport link from the Perth Airport area to Muchea.

“This project will be a vital part of Perth' freight network, with 80 per cent of heavy vehicles to be redirected from Great Northern Highway onto the new route,” Mr Chester said.

“NorthLink WA central is a vital part of the $1 billion project that will improve safety and ease congestion on the roads.

“Road safety will also be improved by using a combination of median strips, and around 150 kilometres of road safety barriers to separate vehicles from oncoming traffic, as well as eliminating one of the state' most dangerous intersections.

“This project will allow our farmers and primary producers to get goods to market quicker, while remaining competitive in global and domestic markets.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said NorthLink WA will provide a vital, state-of-the-art transport link between Morley and Muchea.

“The communities of Ellenbrook, Bennett Springs, Beechboro and Ballajura will have faster and safer access to their destinations,” Ms Saffioti said.

“It will reduce travel times, congestion and help support industry, motorists and the local community.

“When finished, the improved and extended Tonkin Highway will be capable of carrying more than double the current number of vehicles and the free flow of traffic will mean vehicles keep moving and travel times improve.

“Part of this project also includes the duplication of Reid Highway up to Altone Road, while the rest of the duplication will be completed as part of another Federal-State project partnership.”

Travelling from Kewdale to Muchea, NorthLink WA will potentially avoid up to 16 sets of traffic lights, two railway crossing, and 21 speed limit changes.

The Australian Government has committed $820 million and Western Australian Government has committed $204 million for the NorthLink WA project.

All sections of NorthLink WA are expected to be completed by mid-2019.

For further information on the NorthLink WA project, visit: project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/northlinkwa/Pages/default.aspx