Bypass routes confirmed for Miling and Wubin

Media Release


08 September 2015

Joint release with:

Melissa Price MP

Federal Member for Durack

Hon. Dean Nalder MLA

WA Minister for Transport

The Australian and Western Australian Governments today released the preferred routes for traffic bypasses around the Wheatbelt towns of Miling and Wubin, with construction to start in the next two years.

The preferred alignments have been confirmed as:

  • Miling Bypass—a 4.1 kilometre bypass east of the town, estimated to cost $25 million. Works to begin by mid-2016
  • Wubin Bypass—a 5.5 kilometre bypass east of the town, estimated to cost $20 million. Works to begin by 2017

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure Jamie Briggs said the bypasses will help boost the economic capacity of the region by providing a safer and more efficient link for freight operators, with reduced operating costs and travel time savings.

“These vital upgrades are part of the Australian and Western Australian Governments' $420 million Great Northern Highway, Muchea to Wubin project, and their construction will support 100 new jobs,” Mr Briggs said.

“With construction underway on a number of upgrades along the Great Northern Highway, we are wasting no time building better and safer roads for Western Australia to ensure our primary producers can get their products to market more quickly and at less cost.”

WA Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said the State Government worked closely with the communities and stakeholders to identify the preferred road alignments for the bypasses.

“A number of options were identified and presented to the local communities for feedback, enabling Main Roads to gain a better understanding of issues and constraints and to recommend an ultimate option for each of the towns,” Mr Nalder said.

“Intersections at Wubin will be upgraded to cater for the larger freight vehicles so that local businesses can continue to operate and trucks that desire to stop in town can do so.

“An eastern bypass of Miling reflects the desires of the community by moving heavy freight vehicles away from the main street which also contains the primary school and is supported by the Shire of Moora as the preferred option.”

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price welcomed the release of the preferred bypass options and thanked local communities, landowners and freight operators for their input.

“The bypass options have been of significant interest to local communities who in recent years had expressed safety concerns at the number of large trucks passing through their towns,” Ms Price said.

“Upgrading this major freight route to a world class standard is essential to keeping motorists' safe, supporting economic growth and driving further investment in the Western Australian mining, oil and gas industry.”

Fact File

  • The $420 million upgrade of the Great Northern Highway between Muchea and Wubin is 80% Commonwealth funded and 20% by the WA Government
  • The State has provided $40 million in other road construction to improve the road network in the Wheatbelt region over the period 2011/12 to 2014/15