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 north metropolitan region include:
- a new suburban rail line to service Morley and East Wanneroo, connecting to the Joondalup line
- extending the existing Joondalup rail line to Yanchep
- a new Whiteman Yanchep Highway to link Tonkin Highway around Gnangara Road with Mitchell Freeway
- Mitchell Freeway extended to tie in with Indian Ocean Drive
- the area from Alkimos to Two Rocks to be serviced by the Mitchell Freeway extension and Marmion Avenue, together with planned east-west arterials.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) or light rail routes would also connect Glendalough Station to Scarborough Beach.
The Minister said BRT routes in Ellenbrook would connect to Midland, Bassendean and the new Marshall Road station on the East Wanneroo Rail Line.
"High-frequency bus services running every five minutes are proposed for Yanchep, Alkimos, Joondalup, Gnangara Road, Whitfords and Hillarys," he said.
"The plan also includes new cycling bridges over Lake Joondalup and Lake Goollelal that will shorten the ride from east Wanneroo to Joondalup and Darch to Kingsley and provide better access to the Yellagonga Regional Park.
"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