A transport plan to ensure Perth's bus network, rail links, roads and cycleways grow in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million has been launched today by Transport Minister Dean Nalder.
The Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond has been developed over two years by transport planning experts, based on extensive research and modelling. It is Perth's most comprehensive transport plan in two decades.
Mr Nalder said planning for transport options to accommodate an extra 1.4 million people would help maintain Perth's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world.
"Improved road and freight networks, tunnels and river crossings will also play a part in our future network, keeping the city vibrant, connected and productive," he said.
Projects outlined for the central metropolitan region include:
- a new road bridge, or tunnel, will connect Canning Highway at Berwick Street to Riverside Drive at Plain Street
- a complementary tunnel will connect Riverside Drive at Plain Street with the Narrows interchange and Mounts Bay Road
- Stock Road will be extended north from Leach Highway linking with Stephenson Avenue at Jon Sanders Drive and extending to Mitchell Freeway. The extension will include tunnels
- a bus bridge to connect the Maylands peninsula to Rivervale
- a Stirling-Murdoch orbital rail servicing Fiona Stanley Hospital and Murdoch University via QEII and The University of Western Australia (UWA)
- light rail to provide an inner orbital link connecting UWA and QEII to Canning Bridge, via the Perth CBD, Victoria Park and Curtin University.
The Minister said bus rapid transit or light rail routes would also connect Glendalough Station to Scarborough Beach.
"The plan also recommends increasing Perth's cycleway network from the current 172 kilometres to more than 850km," he said.
"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. The Liberal National Government will be consulting with local governments, industry and the community during the next three months."
Minister's office - 6552 6400