New Ramp at Abernethy Road Now Open

Media Release

WT026/2013

13 November 2013

Joint release with:

Steve Irons

Federal Member for Swan

Troy Buswell

WA Minister for Transport

The first section of the $1 billion Gateway WA project—the Abernethy Road and Tonkin Highway interchange—is now complete with the new $15.4 million on-ramp now open for traffic.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the ramp would provide a critical link for Perth's freight industry.

“This new ramp, expected to be used by 6,000 vehicles a day, delivers a direct, efficient access route from the Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial area to the national road network,” Mr Truss said.

“The ramp reduces travel time by about seven minutes, and saves 3.7 kilometres over existing routes. It is great news for the 22,000 vehicles travelling this section of Abernethy Road.”

Federal Member for Swan, Steve Irons, said the project would alleviate congestion along the Tonkin Highway by separating airport and freight traffic.

“The project will allow traffic travelling on Abernethy Road direct access to the southbound lanes on the Tonkin Highway,” Mr Irons said.

“Delivering Gateway WA without the mining tax was a major commitment from the Coalition at the September election and as with the Great Eastern Highway upgrade, I will make sure we deliver it for the people of Swan.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport, Troy Buswell, said the on-ramp was part of the Gateway WA project, which involved upgrades to roads around Perth Airport.

“As well as improving freight access, Gateway WA will construct and improve several major interchanges on the Tonkin and Leach highways, so it will be a great asset as Perth's population increases,” Mr Buswell said.

The Australian Government committed over $686.4 million to the Gateway WA project, with the Western Australian Government providing the remaining $317.5 million.