Gateway WA on Track for 2017 Opening
21 March 2014
Joint release with:
WA Minister for Transport
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today declared the $1 billion Gateway WA project on track for completion in early 2017.
The single biggest project in the Coalition Government's $3.8 billion infrastructure investment in WA, the project will revamp Perth's major transport network hub.
During a site visit today, Mr Truss confirmed the Coalition Government's iron-clad commitment to putting the WA economy in the fast lane, describing Gateway WA as crucial for the West and the nation.
“Breaking the shackles holding this state and its people back from achieving their best is essential for the WA economy, but it is also vital for our nation. We are committed to investing in the infrastructure needed to get WA moving ahead and doing so without the dead weight of a mining tax,” Mr Truss said.
“This particular road will dramatically improve access to Perth Airport and its surrounds, but it will also reduce traffic congestion for locals and free businesses from gridlock.
“Everywhere we look there are signs of growth, with airport passenger numbers through Perth expected to hit 25 million per year by 2030.
“The consolidation of the domestic and international terminals will also increase the pressure on the existing access roads.
“These factors, along with the forecast growth in commuter traffic in east and southeast Perth, as well as the industrial developments in Kewdale and Forrestfield, make it imperative that this area has high-quality infrastructure to cater for its needs.”
Western Australian Minister for Transport Dean Nalder said Gateway WA was a massive infrastructure project, that would change the way people moved in and around the city.
“Gateway WA will transform road networks around Perth by creating a critical gateway for the effective movement of freight and people around Perth Airport and surrounding industrial areas,” Mr Nalder said.
“It will create a more connected and vibrant city and is a major part of WA's plan to manage congestion in and around the city.”
Works include construction of major interchanges at the intersections of the Tonkin Highway with the Leach Highway and Horrie Miller Drive, upgrading Leach Highway between the Tonkin Highway and Orrong Road to an expressway standard, and widening the Tonkin Highway to six lanes between the Great Eastern and Roe highways.
“The project will support resource operations in regional areas of the state by improving access to the airport for their fly-in fly-out workforces,” Mr Nalder said.
The Australian Government has committed $686.4 million to the $1 billion project, with the Western Australian Government committing the remaining $317.5 million.