WA transport plan highlights freight investment


Nalder says improved freight network will help keep Perth connected and productive

WA transport plan highlights freight investment
WA transport minister Dean Nalder.

 

Western Australia transport minister Dean Nalder has launched a new transport plan that highlights development opportunities for Perth’s freight sector.

The state’s Transport at 3.5 million plan aims to keep the city moving in the face of a growing freight industry.

It includes proposals for duplicating freight rail lines at Forrestfield/Kewdale and at Cockburn and Kwinana Triangles, constructing a dedicated freight rail link over the Swan River, developing intermodal terminals at Kewdale Terminal Two, Latitude 32 and South Bullsbrook, and imcreasing rail capacity by duplicating single-track sections of the freight line and removing level crossings in Canning Vale, Bibra Lake, Middle Swan and Midvale.

The primary road freight route proposal includes a $2.7 million investment in the Perth Freight Link (from the Great Northern Highway to Fremantle Port); $3.5 million for the Fremantle-Rockingham Highway project; $3.5 million for construction on Rowley, Anketell and Mundijong Roads; and $3.5 million for Southern Link Road.

The freight rail upgrade proposals include: $3.5 million for transfer system to container port facilities in the Fremantle Port Outer Harbour; $3.5 million for duplicating track Cockburn Triangle; $2.7 million duplicating single-track sections in Forrestfield / Kewdale Intermodal precinct; $2.7 million for additional rail access corridor to Kwinana Industrial Area; and $2.7 million for level crossing removals.

The intermodal terminal development plans include: $3.5 million each for Latitude 32 intermodal logistics centre and the South Bullsbrook industrial precinct; and $2.7 million for the Kewdale Terminal Two project.

"While this is a plan prepared by transport planning experts, everyone has a right to have a say on what we aspire our city to look like," Nalder says.

"The Liberal National Government will be consulting with local governments, industry and the community during the next three months."

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