Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Esperance Port Access Corridor Project Reaches Major Milestone

Media Release

WT015/2014

17 February 2014

Joint release with:

Troy Buswell

WA Minister for Transport

Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Minister Warren Truss and Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell today announced a major milestone had been reached in the Esperance Port Access Corridor Project.

The new bridge linking Twilight Beach Road with The Esplanade has been opened to traffic, signalling a major improvement to safety and efficiency and the end of conflict between port, local road and rail traffic.

Mr Truss said the Federal Government recognises the significance of the Esperance Port Access Corridor by funding this project under its Infrastructure Investment Program which is providing $35.5 billion for infrastructure projects over the five year period to 2018–19.

“Esperance is experiencing a time of growth brought on by regional expansion in mining and agriculture,” Mr Truss said.

“The upgraded port access corridor will support increased business activity at the port by delivering major transport efficiencies and reducing freight costs, boosting productivity. It will also cater for the general development of the town and region by improving road safety for local commuters.”

Mr Buswell said the new bridge allows local road users, pedestrians and cyclists to safely cross the transport corridor without the need to negotiate level crossings or share the road with heavy vehicles bound for the port.

“Contractor John Holland is now focused on finalising the realignment of 1.8km of Harbour Road to the port, which should be open soon and will allow road traffic to directly enter the port on the southern side of the railway. This will be followed by the switching of rail traffic onto a new track to enter the port,” he said.

Jointly funded by the Federal and State Governments, the $120 million Esperance Port Access Corridor project was launched in early 2012 following a comprehensive planning and consultation exercise by Main Roads WA.

In addition to the Twilight Beach Road bridge, the project included the removal of two level crossings, the realignment of both Harbour Road and the railway to improve port access and a rail tunnel which is already operational.

To further improve local connections, there is also a new bridge linking Harbour Road with Johns Street and the West Beach area, due to open in the near future, and an underpass at Griffin Street that will open towards the end of the project.

The upgraded Esperance Port Access Corridor Project is expected to be completed in autumn 2014.