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 recommended for the south metropolitan area include:
- the Thornlie rail line to be extended south-west to join with the Mandurah line at Cockburn Central
- the Armadale line extended to Byford
- Stock Road extended north from Leach Highway and linking with Stephenson Avenue at Jon Sanders Drive, with an extension to the Mitchell Freeway. The extension will include tunnels
- Tonkin Highway extended to Forrest Highway south of Pinjarra
- a Fremantle to Rockingham Highway to service the Western Trade Coast industrial precinct.
The Minister said high-frequency bus services running every five minutes were proposed from Fremantle to Armadale, Kwinana and Rockingham and from the Mandurah line stations in the Rockingham, Warnbro and Mandurah areas.
An extensive cycle network includes river crossings at a future Salter Point Bridge, providing an alternative cycling route between Curtin and Cockburn Central. In addition, the Pipeline River Crossing will provide a link between Canning Vale and Curtin University.
"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