Putting Swan Valley Bypass on the Map

Media Release

WT004/2014

29 January 2014

Joint release with:

Troy Buswell

WA Minister for Transport

Christian Porter

Member for Pearce

Visiting the Swan Valley today, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss reaffirmed Australian Government funding of $615 million to the Swan Valley Bypass project.

“The 37 kilometre Swan Valley Bypass project reflects the Australian Government’s national priorities of boosting productivity and creating strong connections that have both economic and social benefits,” Mr Truss said.

“This bypass will improve Western Australian freight efficiency by introducing an alternative north/south freight route, relieving pressure on the Great Northern Highway through the iconic Swan Valley.”

Western Australia Minister for Transport Troy Buswell said building the bypass would involve constructing a new highway from the intersection of the Reid and Tonkin Highways to Muchea.

“The bypass will include new interchanges to the existing road network as well as upgrades to connecting roads, which will mean a better flow of traffic regardless of whether you are on or off the new bypass,” Mr Buswell said.

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said traffic volumes continued to grow through the Swan Valley.

“Our election commitment, which we are delivering on, is a win for the businesses, tourists and residents of Western Australian,” Mr Porter said.

Mr Truss said the works would complement planned upgrades to the Tonkin Highway, the Great Northern Highway and the North West Coastal Highway.

“Together these highway upgrades represent more than $1 billion worth of investment by the Australian Government and huge improvements to efficiency, road safety and capacity in the region,” he said.

The Swan Valley Bypass is one of the priority road projects for Western Australia and was a key election commitment of the Australian Government.