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Completed $71 million project allows trucks to bypass Perth town

The new crucial freight route has been officially opened in a major boost for WA-based truck drivers

After months long delays, the new Stock Road in Bullsbrook has officially opened, marking the completion of a landmark project for the City of Swan.

The 4.3-kilometre connection between Great Northern Highway and Tonkin Highway opened last week and features a bridge over Ellen Brook, a rail crossing with boom gates, five T-intersections and a roundabout at Great Northern Highway.

“While the City led the project, it would not have been possible without the support of the federal government,” City of Swan Mayor David Lucas says.

With the government providing $16.67 million in funding to make the project a reality, it was also backed by the South Bullsbrook Industrial Developer Contribution Plan and Bullsbrook Residential Townsite Developer Contribution Plan.

The developer contribution plans are agreements between the city and land developers to share costs for specified infrastructure.

“The road was originally scheduled to be opened in June, but the opening was postponed due to delays related to road sealing, street lighting, safety barriers and persistent wet weather conditions,” Lucas says.

“The City, contractors, Western Power and Main Roads WA actively collaborated to expedite the remaining delayed tasks so residents could use Stock Road as soon as possible.”

Federal transport minister Catherine King says this is a “significant investment” that is “going to pay off for Perth.”

“The Stock Road upgrade increases road safety and allows heavy vehicles to bypass the Bullsbrook town completely, reducing traffic delays and noise disturbances,” she says. 

Lucas says it will also “improve connectivity, slash travel times, reduce traffic congestion and boost road safety, allowing heavy haulage trucks to bypass the Bullsbrook townsite”.

Senator for WA Glenn Sterle says this is the beginning for an exciting future for Bullsbrook. 

“It is set to unlock significant economic potential, enabling the development of land and the creation of an industrial hub in Perth’s north-east,” he says. 

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