- $186 million to be invested in the northern suburbs to boost jobs and bust congestion under the new Commonwealth-State funding arrangement
- More than 1,000 jobs to be created from northern suburbs road projects
- Yanchep rail line extension to be built as part of METRONET
The McGowan Government will invest $186 million in funding towards four congestion-busting road projects in Perth's northern suburbs.
The four projects will ease congestion hotspots around Wanneroo Road and on the Mitchell Freeway, creating more than 1,000 jobs during construction.
Funding for the projects is the result of a new Commonwealth-State $2.3 billion agreement that includes the full relocation of funding from the cancelled Perth Freight Link project.
An initial program of 17 new projects will provide employment to more than 6,000 people.
Federal funding for METRONET has also been secured with a combined $1.2 billion allocated to its delivery, including the extension of the Joondalup Line to Yanchep.
The renegotiation will allow the McGowan Government to start delivering its key election commitments for northern suburban roads and also widen the Mitchell Freeway southbound, between Cedric Street and Vincent Street.
The dual carriageway upgrade of Wanneroo Road from Joondalup Drive to Flynn Drive will start in mid-2017, and is one of three projects resulting from the renegotiation of the Roe 8 contract. The other projects will commence in 2018-19.
In recent weeks, the McGowan Government has worked with Main Roads Western Australia, the Roe 8 Alliance and the Commonwealth Government to bring forward alternative road projects to safeguard jobs for the local contractors and suppliers.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"By building these upgrades, we're getting on with the job of delivering on our promises to the northern suburbs.
"This is just the start - we'll also deliver METRONET to Yanchep and through the major growth suburbs in the north.
"This level of investment is a game-changer for WA - providing much needed work to stimulate the construction industry, creating jobs for Western Australians."
Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:
"As promised, the McGowan Government is very eager to get on with delivering its commitments in the northern suburbs.
"There will be more than 1,000 jobs created from this investment in northern suburbs road infrastructure alone.
"The congestion around Wanneroo Road is a well-known source of frustration for locals.
"The construction of interchanges and road widening will transform Wanneroo Road and its connector roads, providing relief for local commuters and industry.
"We will also get straight to work with the City of Wanneroo to deliver a significant upgrade to Marmion Avenue, in line with our commitments made prior to the election."
Northern suburbs projects:
Wanneroo Road/Ocean Reef Road Interchange
Cost estimate: $65 million
Jobs created: 350
Wanneroo Road Dual Carriageway - Joondalup Drive to Flynn Drive
Cost estimate: $31 million
Jobs created: 175
Wanneroo Road/Joondalup Drive Interchange
Cost estimate: $50 million
Jobs created: 280
Mitchell Freeway southbound widening (Cedric Street to Vincent Street)
Cost estimate: $40 million
Jobs created: 280
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