Ellenbrook residents can shave up to 25 minutes off a round trip to Morley, with the opening today of the final leg of the Northlink WA project’s central section.
The project connects the Tonkin Highway with the heart of Ellenbrook, providing an uninterrupted and traffic-light free run from The Promenade through to Reid Highway.
Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said the opening would improve both travel times and safety for Ellenbrook residents who have battled with congestion problems for years.
“NorthLink WA will ensure residents in my electorate spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with their families and friends, doing the things that they want to do,” Mr Porter said.
“A new four-metre-wide Principal Shared Path (PSP) for cyclists and pedestrians is also now open from Railway Parade in Bayswater to Mitre Bend in north Ellenbrook - a distance of around 30km.
“The PSP links to the shared path that runs along the Perth-Midland rail line, providing an uninterrupted cycling link from Ellenbrook to the Perth CBD (a further 8km) for the first time.”
The $1.02 billion Northlink WA project has been jointly funded by the Federal and State governments, with $820.84 million provided by the Commonwealth and $204.06 million by WA.
The final stage of the project is due to be completed by the end of this year and will connect Ellenbrook with Muchea.
Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the final stage would divert about 80 per cent of heavy vehicles away from the Swan Valley, improving amenity for locals and the 600,000 tourists who visit the area each year.
“Heavy vehicles will be able to travel non-stop from Muchea through to the heavy vehicle hub in Kewdale along the Tonkin Highway, avoiding up to 16 sets of traffic lights, two railway crossings and 21 speed limit changes along the journey,” Mr Tudge said.
“Taking this traffic off local roads will greatly improve safety and ease congestion for local residents, while also making the journey safer for truck drivers.”