Building Western Australia's Transport Infrastructure for the 21st Century

Media Release

BUDGET INFRA 07/2014

13 May 2014

Joint release with:

Warren Truss

Minister Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Abbott Government has made a record $4.7 billion investment to build the infrastructure of the 21st Century for Western Australia.

The funds provided in the 2014–15 Federal Budget are part of the Government's Economic Action Strategy to build a strong, prosperous economy, boost productivity and create thousands of new jobs.

The Government's Infrastructure Investment Programme will provide economic benefits for Western Australia.

Congestion in our towns and cities costs the economy billions of dollars every year in lost productivity.

Better roads means less congestion, faster travel times and lower fuel costs.

The Abbott Government's investment in Western Australia will also improve freight transport linkages to key domestic and export markets.

Western Australia projects include:

  • Gateway WA Perth Airport: A major upgrade of the roads around Perth Airport, in particular, around the southern access to the airport, including widening and new and upgraded interchanges on the Tonkin and Leach Highways.
    • Federal contribution: $611.4 million in addition to the $63.6 million already provided
  • Swan Valley Bypass: a 40 kilometre highway to the north of Perth, extending from the Tonkin Highway and Reid Highway intersection to Muchea.
    • Federal contribution: $589.7 million in addition to the $25 million already provided
  • Great Northern Highway (Muchea to Wubin): Upgrades, including realignment, intersection upgrades, widening and construction of additional overtaking lanes.
    • Federal contribution: $307.8 million
  • North West Coastal Highway (Minilya to Barradale): Widening and strengthening of the highway and construction of two bridges over low level floodway crossings.
    • Federal contribution: $174 million
  • Tonkin Highway Grade Separations: Construction of new interchanges at the Tonkin Highway junctions with Benara Road, Morley Drive and Collier Road.
    • Federal contribution: $140.6 million

The Abbott Government is also committed to the $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link project to provide a high standard road freight connection to Fremantle Port, and will work with the Western Australian Government to involve the private sector in co-contributing with the two governments. 

$6.6 billion of new investment across Australia is being fast-tracked in the Budget to build much-needed economic infrastructure. It includes $939.2 million for Western Australia.

Funding will also continue over the next six years for road maintenance, with $2.5 billion for Roads to Recovery and $565 million for Black Spots projects, in addition to our new $300 million Bridges Renewal Programme.

The funds for Western Australia are part of the Government's $50 billion infrastructure plan in the 2014–15 Budget.

The new Infrastructure Investment Programme will deliver $40.8 billion between 2013–14 and 2018–19, with a further commitment of $4.5 billion budgeted for 2019–20 onwards.

Despite the Budget mess left by Labor, the Abbott Government is embarking on a significant platform of projects to drive economic growth, slash travel times in our major cities and create thousands of jobs for a more productive future.

Western Australia—Key Projects

Key projects listed below do not include road maintenance funding, Black Spot Projects, Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery or Untied Local Grants.

KEY PROJECTS TOTAL FUNDING 2013–14 TO 2018–19
$M
LOCATION
Great Eastern Highway Widening
  • Widening, reconstruction and pavement overlay of various sections of the Great Eastern Highway between Walgoolan and Coolgardie.

29.6

Walgoolan to Coolgardie
Great Northern Highway—Muchea to Wubin
  • Upgrade works along sections totalling approximately 75 kilometres of the Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Wubin.

307.8

Muchea to Wubin
Great Northern Highway, Muchea to Wubin, Bindi Bindi to Lyons
  • Realignment of a section of the Great Northern Highway from Bindi Bindi to Lyons East Road.

24.8

Bindi Bindi
Kewdale Intermodal Rail Supply Chain
  • Construction of the second stage of the North Quay Rail Terminal to increase capacity of the rail shuttle service between the Port of Fremantle and the intermodal freight hub at Kewdale.

17.2

Fremantle
Kwinana Freeway
  • Widening of the southbound carriageway of the Kwinana Freeway from two to three lanes between the Roe Highway and Armadale Road.

31.3

Perth = South Lake, Cockburn Central
Perth Freight Link
  • Extension of the Roe Highway from the Kwinana Freeway to Stock Road, and upgrades to Stock Road and High Street.

TBA

Perth—Fremantle
Tonkin Highway grade separations
  • Construction of new interchanges at the Tonkin Highway junctions with Benara Road, Morley Drive and Collier Road.

140.6

Perth – Morley, Bayswater
North West Coastal Highway—Minilya to Barradale
  • Widening and strengthening of the highway and construction of two bridges over low level floodway crossings.

174.0

Gascoyne Region – Minilya to Nanutarra
Gateway WA Perth Airport
  • Major upgrade of the roads around Perth Airport, in particular around the southern access to the airport.

 

611.4

Perth – Belmont, Kewdale
Portlink Inland Freight Corridor Concept Plan
  • Investigation of the feasibility of improved rail and road links between, Esperance, Port Hedland, Geraldton, the future port of Oakajee and an intermodal facility at Kalgoorlie.

0.9

Kalgoorlie
Swan Valley Bypass
  • Construction of a new highway from the intersection of the Reid and Tonkin Highways in outer metropolitan Perth to connect with the Great Northern Highway in Muchea.

589.7

Perth and Swan Valley – Malaga to Muchea
Roe Highway- Berkshire Road Grade Separation
  • Grade separation at the Roe Highway intersection with Berkshire Road.

27.2

Perth—Forrestfield
Nicholson Road Grade Separation
  • Grade separation of the rail crossing at Nicholson Road.

18.0

Perth
Trial of low profile Concrete Sleepers on the WA Grain Line
  • Laying low profile concrete between Avon and Goomalling to allow testing suitability as an alternative to jarrah sleepers.

2.9

Wheatbelt
Oakajee Port
  • Development of Oakajee Port common user facilities including the development of common use water, power and road infrastructure to support the port.
339.0 Oakajee