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 east metropolitan area include:
- the Midland rail line extension to Bellevue
- the Armadale rail line extension to Byford
- Forrestfield-Airport Link connecting to the Midland line near Bayswater
- the Thornlie rail line extension that will connect with the Mandurah line at Cockburn Central
- upgrading Reid, Roe and Tonkin highways to freeway standard.
"Bus rapid transit routes in Ellenbrook will connect to Midland, Bassendean and the new Marshall Road Station on the proposed East Wanneroo line," the Minister said.
High-frequency bus services running every five minutes are proposed between Midland and Mundaring, Armadale and Fremantle and Armadale and Mundijong.
The plan also includes a connected series of paths along both sides of the Swan and Canning rivers, stretching from Fremantle in the west to Brigadoon and Gosnells in the east, making cycling and walking safer and a more viable transport option.
"For the road network, changes include Reid and Roe highways being upgraded to freeway standard and forming a ring around the central region. The Reid/Roe ring will connect to Tonkin Highway creating a strategic freight route serving Perth Airport, key industrial areas and link businesses in the Hills to regional and interstate destinations," Mr Nalder 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