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 Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister 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

Works begin on central section of NorthLink WA

Media Release

DC166/2017

08 June 2017

Joint release with:

Rita Saffioti

WA Minister for Transport; Planning; Lands

  • Reducing travel times and congestion between Morley and Ellenbrook
  • Eliminating two of the State' most dangerous intersections
  • Over 1,000 jobs created during construction

The central section of NorthLink WA that will eventually halve journey times between Morley and Ellenbrook officially started construction today.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the NorthLink WA project would support over 1,000 jobs, and provide a new transport link from the Perth Airport area to Muchea.

“This project will be a vital part of Perth' freight network, with 80 per cent of heavy vehicles to be redirected from Great Northern Highway onto the new route,” Mr Chester said.

“NorthLink WA central is a vital part of the $1 billion project that will improve safety and ease congestion on the roads.

“Road safety will also be improved by using a combination of median strips, and around 150 kilometres of road safety barriers to separate vehicles from oncoming traffic, as well as eliminating one of the state' most dangerous intersections.

“This project will allow our farmers and primary producers to get goods to market quicker, while remaining competitive in global and domestic markets.”

Western Australian Minister for Transport Rita Saffioti said NorthLink WA will provide a vital, state-of-the-art transport link between Morley and Muchea.

“The communities of Ellenbrook, Bennett Springs, Beechboro and Ballajura will have faster and safer access to their destinations,” Ms Saffioti said.

“It will reduce travel times, congestion and help support industry, motorists and the local community.

“When finished, the improved and extended Tonkin Highway will be capable of carrying more than double the current number of vehicles and the free flow of traffic will mean vehicles keep moving and travel times improve.

“Part of this project also includes the duplication of Reid Highway up to Altone Road, while the rest of the duplication will be completed as part of another Federal-State project partnership.”

Travelling from Kewdale to Muchea, NorthLink WA will potentially avoid up to 16 sets of traffic lights, two railway crossing, and 21 speed limit changes.

The Australian Government has committed $820 million and Western Australian Government has committed $204 million for the NorthLink WA project.

All sections of NorthLink WA are expected to be completed by mid-2019.

For further information on the NorthLink WA project, visit: project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/northlinkwa/Pages/default.aspx