Sod turned on NorthLink WA

Ground has been broken on the first section of the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project to provide a non-stop transport route between Morley and Muchea.

Federal Minister for Major Projects said the $894 million Commonwealth commitment will improve freight efficiency and the capacity of the freight network.

“The Turnbull Government is investing in a record infrastructure package to drive jobs and growth and secure the successful transition of the economy,” Minister Fletcher said.

“The 2016-17 Budget lays out more than $50 billion in infrastructure investment as we shift from a mining-based economy to a more diversified economy with broader drivers of growth.  Nowhere in the country is this transition being more keenly felt than in Western Australia.”

Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the project was an essential component in the Coalition Government’s long-planned integrated freight transport system for Perth.

“The Turnbull Government is investing in road and rail projects to improve freight corridors and reduce travel times on major routes across the country,” Mr Porter said.

“Addressing congestion will save billions of dollars each year from lost productivity – NorthLink WA is a major infrastructure investment that will bring benefits to the whole community.

“NorthLink will potentially avoid up to 16 sets of traffic lights on the freight route from Kewdale to Muchea, as well as one railway crossing and 21 speed limit changes.

“I advocated strongly for this project when I first campaigned for the seat of Pearce and I am proud the Coalition Government recognised the need for this important piece of infrastructure and committed the unprecedented level of road funding into the electorate.”