Perth Freight Link: Improving Capacity to the Port of Fremantle

Media Release


13 May 2014

Joint release with:

Jamie Briggs

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Abbott Government is delivering on its Economic Action Strategy to build a stronger and more prosperous Australia by committing to the Perth Freight Link, a high standard freight connection to Fremantle Port.

The Government is wasting no time in getting on with the job of building world-class infrastructure that will significantly reduce transport costs for heavy vehicle users, boost freight efficiency and improve freight access to the Port of Fremantle.

To support and sustain a growing population and economy, developing freight links that clear congestion and ease pressure on existing roads will provide significant productivity uplifts for Perth.

This project will be complemented by existing Abbott Government road projects such as Gateway WA, the Tonkin Highway Grade Separations, and the Swan Valley Bypass.

The Link's final scope and design will be determined in consultation with the Western Australian Government and the local community.

Works are expected to include:

  • a five kilometre Roe Highway four-lane dual carriageway extension from the Kwinana Freeway to Stock Road in Coolbellup; and
  • improvements to Stock Road and High Street. 

For the first time the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments will be seeking opportunities for private sector co-contribution towards a major road project. The Perth Freight Link has an estimated cost of $1.6 billion, with $925 million contributed by the Commonwealth.

Private sector co-investment will ensure maximum value is achieved from taxpayer dollars with minimal impact on the Federal Budget.

With industry and government investment, Perth Freight Link is expected to establish the Roe Highway as the preferred east-west freight route in Perth.

The Abbott Government is working with the Western Australian Government to finalise the scope and design of the project. It is expected that Perth Freight Link will be open to traffic by 2021.

By making the right infrastructure choices today, we are creating a stronger country for tomorrow.

Further information on Perth Freight Link can be found at