NorthLink WA second stage contracts awarded


Fletcher says road freight will gain after upgrade starting next year is complete

NorthLink WA second stage contracts awarded
Paul Fletcher sees freight efficiency gains from the project

 

As opponents continue actions to thwart the Roe 8 part of the Perth Freight Link, Northlink WA rumbles on unimpeded.

The $1.12 billion project’s 417 million Stage 2 contract has been awarded to a joint venture between BGC Contracting and Laing O'Rourke Australia Construction.

It covers construction of the Central Section of the Swan Valley Bypass between the Reid Highway and Ellenbrook.

Federal urban infrastructure minister Paul Fletcher says the new highway will take the majority of heavy traffic away from the Great Northern Highway, providing an efficient alternative freight route.

"The NorthLink WA project once completed will provide a continuous connection from the Perth Airport area through to Muchea, and together with the Gateway WA and Perth Freight Link projects will be a major part of a high standard freight connection to Fremantle Port," Fletcher adds.

"NorthLink WA will also improve services for regional traffic movements to commercial and industrial areas such as Malaga, Kewdale, Perth Airport and the Perth Central Business District."

Western Australian transport minister Bill Marmion says work would start with the 17 km link between Benara and Maralla roads, then on the Reid Highway between Malaga Drive to Altone Road.

"Safety is a key focus for the major freeway-to-freeway interchange at Reid and Tonkin highways; interchanges at Hepburn Avenue, Gnangara Road and The Promenade at Ellenbrook; as well as the flyovers at Beechboro Road North and Marshall Road.

"Construction is well underway on Stage 1 of the NorthLink WA project with Tonkin Highway Grade Separations scheduled for completion by early 2018 - Stage 2 of the NorthLink WA project will begin construction early next year and is scheduled for completion in 2019."

The Australian Government is contributing $894 million and the Western Australian Government $223 million towards the NorthLink WA project.

Meanwhile, according to local media reports, an estimated 1,000 protesters sought to halt work on Roe 8 in Beeliar this morning in an action that saw about 20 arrests.

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