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 Former 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

Improved connectivity for Perth's southern suburbs

Media Release


15 December 2016

Joint release with:

Bill Marmion

WA Minister for State Development; Transport; Innovation

Chris Back

Senator for Western Australia

  • $45 million Kwinana Freeway widening and Russell Road Bridge duplication opens today
  • Upgrades will support Perth's growing south, improve local connectivity, encourage public transport use and reduce the use of ‘rat runs’ by motorists
  • Projects together generated 475 jobs and form part of major $107 million Kwinana Freeway upgrade, with an Australian Government commitment of almost $82 million.

Commuters in Perth's south have received a boost today with the opening of the Kwinana Freeway widening and Russell Road bridge duplication upgrades.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the upgrades, which will support Perth's growing southern region, will improve connectivity and traffic flow for the more than 50,000 motorists who use the major arterial route every day.

“More than 52,000 motorists use the Kwinana Freeway daily and they will now have access to three southbound lanes between Armadale Road and Russell Road. That means more efficient travel, which equals less time stuck and traffic and more time at home with family,” Mr Chester said.

“The freeway widening and bridge duplication projects also generated a total of 475 jobs which is great news for West Australians.

“The completion of these upgrades comes at a good time, with the number of vehicles using this route each day estimated to reach 75,000 by 2021.”

Senator for Western Australia Chris Back today joined WA Minister for Transport Bill Marmion to mark the official opening of both projects, saying they would improve commute times for residents in the city's south.

“Both the Russell Road and Kwinana Freeway projects will deliver better traffic flow on the principal route between Perth city and the southern suburbs, Mandurah and the state's south-west. The completion of both projects will also reduce the need for motorists to use smaller local roads in the area that haven't been designed to handle a high volume of traffic,” Senator Back said.

Western Australia Minister for Transport Bill Marmion said the Russell bridge duplication would also encourage more use of public transport.

“The new bridge will greatly improve the general connectivity of Perth's southern suburbs by making public transport even more attractive for people intending to walk, cycle, drive and park at the station,” Mr Marmion said.

“The new bridge doubles the current number of lanes to four, improving all traffic movements and catering for expanded traffic volumes. In addition, it will improve access to the new 2,000 bay car park at the future Aubin Grove train station. This is a great outcome for the community.”

The Kwinana Freeway and Russell Road upgrades were jointly funded projects, the Australian Government contributing $81.97 million and the West Australian Government $25.53 million. The Kwinana Freeway project also included the previously completed widening from the Roe Highway to Armadale Road southbound.