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Abbott, Tony

Grand Gateway interchange opens ahead of schedule

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Abbott, Tony

Period of Service: 18/09/2013 to 15/09/2015

More information about Abbott, Tony on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 13/09/2015

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 24830

The Commonwealth and Western Australian Governments are delivering world class roads and a stronger economy by today opening the Grand Gateway near Perth airport – four months ahead of schedule.

Thousands of motorists will have their travel times slashed following the completion of this final section of the Tonkin Highway/Leach Highway interchange, a major part of the Gateway WA project.

This upgrade at Grand Gateway, which has supported more than 1,000 construction jobs, will significantly improve access around the airport and surrounding industrial areas meaning businesses can get their products to market more quickly and efficiently.

Gateway WA is the largest road project ever to be undertaken in Perth and is jointly funded by the Commonwealth ($676 million) and the Western Australian Government ($310 million). The entire project has created 7,000 jobs.

When fully complete, the Gateway WA will deliver a fully upgraded road network around the consolidated Perth Airport terminal and nearby Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial estates.

This project is vital to Western Australia’s future economic prosperity with passenger air travel and the road freight task around Perth expected to double over the next decade.

Combined with the consolidation of the Perth airport domestic and international terminals, there was a clear need to deliver this upgrade quickly to reduce congestion and improve safety for motorists and freight operators.

The Tonkin Highway/Leach Highway intersection has been plagued by heavy congestion and lengthy traffic delays at peak periods, which is stifling Perth’s productive capacity.

This new free-flow interchange will unlock the surrounding road network and ensure motorists enjoy uninterrupted movement in all directions.

To date, Gateway WA has invested more than $500 million in third party suppliers and subcontractors. The vast majority of this work has been delivered by more than 600 Western Australian businesses.

The Gateway WA project includes the construction and upgrade of five main interchanges, widening Tonkin Highway to six lanes between Great Eastern Highway and Roe Highway and upgrading Leach Highway between Tonkin Highway and Orrong Road to expressway standard.

Other major upgrades will continue on the Tonkin/Roe Highway interchange and other associated road sections which are expected to be completed by March 2016.

The Commonwealth Government is investing a record $50 billion to build world class infrastructure for a stronger and more prosperous Australia.

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13 September 2015 

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Armadale Road Duplication

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Abbott, Tony

Period of Service: 18/09/2013 to 15/09/2015

More information about Abbott, Tony on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 12/09/2015

Release Type: Media Release

Transcript ID: 24831

The Commonwealth Government will provide $116 million for the Armadale Road duplication between Anstey Road and Tapper Road. 

The project will improve safety and ease traffic congestion on one of the main east-west links within the Perth metropolitan transport network.

Traffic on Armadale Road has increased significantly in recent years and is forecast to increase by a further five per cent annually due to ongoing residential and commercial development in the region.

This section of Armadale Road has a crash rate considerably higher than the Western Australian average. This commitment will significantly improve safety on this stretch of road.

Armadale Road links the two southern public transport corridors and provides access to other major arterial roads—Kwinana Freeway, the Tonkin, South West and Albany highways.

Up to 27,500 vehicles use the section of road every day and the growing traffic congestion was a concern to the Cities of Cockburn and Armadale.

Cockburn Central is a regional transport corridor and activity hub, close to the Kwinana Freeway and major arterial roads including Armadale Road and Beeliar Drive.

The project will also involve upgrading the seven kilometre stretch of road to a four-lane dual carriageway.

Upgrades will be made to the Nicholson Road and Fraser Road intersections and a Principal Shared Path on the northern side of Armadale Road.

The Commonwealth Government has committed $116 million to this $145 million project, with the remaining $29 million to be provided by the Western Australian Government.

12 September 2015 

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