$1b NorthLink WA road project now open

Camera IconNorthlink Credit: RegionalHUB

Commercial transport in WA has been given a boost today with the completion of the biggest road infrastructure project in the State’s history.

Now fully open, the $1.02 billion NorthLink WA connecting Morley and Muchea has doubled road capacity and is expected to improve journey times through Perth’s north-eastern suburbs.

The route will allow motorists to avoid up to 16 sets of traffic signals, two railway crossings and 21 speed limits changes, with speeds set at 100km/h or 110km/h along the new road.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the third and final section — a 22km dual carriageway highway between Ellenbrook and Muchea — would transform how traffic entered and exited Perth from the state’s north.

“The opening of the final section means road users, particularly freight, can now realise the full benefits of the 37km highway,” he said.

“NorthLink WA has also supported around 7000 direct and indirect jobs for Western Australians throughout its construction.”

Premier Mark McGowan said more infrastructure projects planned for the north-eastern suburbs, including several major road upgrades and the Metronet Morley-Ellenbrook Line, would help ease congestion.

“These are vital job-creating projects that will ensure WA is well-placed to respond in the economic recovery stage of the pandemic,” Mr McGowan said.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said NorthLink WA was a vital transport link between Morley and Muchea.

“It will divert 80 per cent of heavy vehicles away from local roads and improving connection throughout the Swan Valley for residents and the 600,000 tourists visiting the area each year,” Mr Tudge said.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the new Tonkin Highway would be capable of carrying more than double the current number of vehicles.

“A round trip between the major freight hubs of Kewdale and Muchea will save around 20 minutes, which is a great boost to productivity,” Ms Saffioti said.

“Around 3200 trucks a day will be removed from Great Northern Highway south of Stock Road, which will provide a huge relief to residents, growers, tourism businesses and visitors in the Swan Valley.

“NorthLink WA has been a major feat of collaboration across successive governments, having initially been funded in the 2013 Federal Budget as the Swan Valley Bypass, and continued under the current State and Federal governments.”

Pearce MHR Christian Porter said the project would also reduce heavy vehicle traffic on Great Northern Highway through the Swan Valley tourism region, enabling a safer road environment for visitors and local businesses.

“One of the many benefits of NorthLink WA’s latest section is that it will take trucks and heavy vehicles off Great Northern Highway, reducing congestion and making roads safer along the beautiful Swan Valley,” Mr Porter said.

Cyclists and pedestrians can access a 42km-long, 4m-wide path from Railway Parade in Bayswater to Muchea.

Ms Saffioti and Mr Porter officially opened the final section on April 23, however motorists were advised there were still finishing works underway.

The NorthLink WA project was jointly funded, with the Australian Government providing $820.84 million and the WA Government funding $204.06 million.

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