Work on Stage 1 of NorthLink WA to begin next year

Media Release


17 November 2015

Joint release with:

Dean Nalder

WA Minister for Transport

Work will start in early 2016 on the Tonkin Grade Separations, the first stage of the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA initiative.

The Australian Government has committed more than $894 million and the Western Australian Government more than $223 million to the NorthLink WA project.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss announced today that John Holland Pty Ltd had been selected as the preferred proponent for Stage 1 of the project. It is anticipated the contract will be awarded in the coming weeks.

“NorthLink WA is a game changing project that will reduce congestion on major freight corridors and support thousands of new jobs,” Mr Truss said.

“This project will deliver new flyovers at the intersections of Collier Road, Morley Drive and Benara Road and an upgraded section of the Tonkin Highway north of Guildford Road.

“The Tonkin Highway provides a vital link for regional traffic movements to commercial and industrial areas such as Malaga, Kewdale, Perth Airport and the Perth CBD and through to the port and Kwinana industrial areas.

“The next component of NorthLink WA is Stage 2 from Reid Highway and connecting with the Brand Highway and Great Northern Highway, providing a major route to the north-west.”

Western Australian Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Tonkin Highway carries more than 70,000 vehicles per day and the grade separations would result in freer-flowing traffic, similar to the $986 million Gateway WA project.

“Fewer traffic lights means vehicles keep moving and travel times improve, resulting in less congestion on local roads and safer neighbourhoods and communities,” Mr Nalder said.

“This project is another example of the government's commitment to addressing the growing impact that traffic volumes have on the community.

“There has been a high level of involvement from communities, businesses, local government authorities, environmental organisations and many other stakeholders to get the Tonkin Grade Separations ready for construction.

“We will be delivering this project in the current competitive marketplace, which will provide better roads for motorists and greater value for taxpayer dollars.”

Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the NorthLink WA project will deliver major benefits to his electorate and Western Australia as a whole.

“The second stage of the project will create a safer situation for Swan Valley residents, businesses and tourists with the majority of heavy vehicle traffic being removed from the existing Great Northern Highway,” Mr Porter said.

“Pearce has been the beneficiary of more than $1.2billion in federal road infrastructure grants since the election—an unprecedented funding commitment for the community. The NorthLink WA project is another example of the Coalition Government's commitment to delivering important road infrastructure projects to regional communities.”

Federal Member for Cowan Luke Simpkins said that this announcement, combined with substantial infrastructure works in progress along the Reid Highway, will further the benefits in accessibility and road safety for residents across the electorate of Cowan, particularly for the Malaga industrial area.

“The announcement of Northlink WA Stage 1 commencing early next year is another great milestone in the Government's commitment to getting on with the task of delivering important road infrastructure projects across WA, and more specifically demonstrating a great track record of delivery for the residents of Cowan”.

Stage 2 of NorthLink WA will provide a new 37 kilometre highway from the intersection of Reid and Tonkin Highways in Malaga through the Swan Valley to Muchea.