Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Hon Rita Saffioti BBus MLA

Minister for Transport; Planning; Ports

    Joint media statement - First stage of Hedland road-rail safety improvements underway

    24/08/2021 1:00 PM
    • Contract awarded for first of two 'road-over-rail' projects in Port Hedland
    • Stage 1 fully funded by BHP and being delivered by McGowan Government through Main Roads WA
    • Stage 2 funded by BHP, Commonwealth Government and McGowan Government
    • Projects to deliver local jobs, and benefits for road safety and transport industry  

    Work is now underway on Stage 1 of road and rail improvements in Port Hedland, which is fully funded by BHP and being delivered by the McGowan Government through Main Roads WA.


    The $31.48 million contract, awarded to the Highway Construction-Albem Operations joint venture, will deliver the Buttweld Road 'road-over-rail' bridge near Port Hedland.


    It is part of an estimated $68 million package of works split into three phases:


    • construction of a 34-metre-long bridge over BHP's rail line south of Buttweld Road bridge (Stage 1);
    • closure of Powell Road and construction of traffic roundabouts at the Dalton and Hamilton roads intersections. The roundabouts will be built either side of the rail line and complement the 'road-over-rail' bridges by removing access over the rail crossing (Stage 1) and;
    • construction of a 31-metre-long 'road-over-rail' bridge on the Port Hedland Airport Deviation at the Nelson Point main level crossing on Great Northern Highway (Stage 2).  

    Main Roads will manage the works with total funding for the road-over-rail projects provided by BHP ($45.26 million), the Commonwealth Government ($18.2 million) and the McGowan Government ($4.54 million).


    Around 90 jobs will be created over the life of the works which are expected to be finished in late 2022.  


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "This is an important package of improvements that will bring major safety and economic benefits to Port Hedland.


    "The three rail crossings carry a total of 6,000 vehicles per day, and providing bridges not only removes the risk of accidents, but eliminates the need for people to wait in their vehicles while long freight trains pass by.


    "My Government is pleased to partner with BHP and the Commonwealth to support these important upgrades."


    Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:


    "This is a fantastic example of industry and government working together to achieve benefits for the whole community.


    "We have a strong focus on regional road safety, with major projects underway across regional WA to improve safety and create local jobs, including through our Regional Road Safety Program."


    Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:


    "I've been stuck at these level crossings waiting for freight trains to cross many times.


    "These upgrades will be very welcome by many locals who frequently drive this route between the airport and South Hedland."


    Comments attributed to BHP Western Australia Iron Ore asset president Brandon Craig:


    "BHP is committed to the Pilbara and this funding package will improve safety at our level rail crossings and provide jobs to the local community while allowing travel around Port Hedland to become more efficient.


    "There is nothing more important to BHP than the safety of our people and the community - we welcome the opportunity to work with the State Government and Main Roads on this important safety initiative."


    Premier's office - 6552 5000

    Transport Minister's office - 6552 5500​