Perth Transport plan prepares for population of 3.5 million
Perth’s Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond has been unveiled.
The new transport plan released on Friday, by Transport Minister Dean Nalder, outlines the plans for Perth’s bus networks, rail links, roads and cycle ways to cater for a population growth to 3.5 million.
The Perth Transport Plan has been developed over the past two years by transport planning experts, based on extensive research and modelling, making it Perth’s most comprehensive transport plan in two decades.
Mr Nalder said planning for transport options to accommodate an extra 1.4 million people would help maintain Perth’s status as one of the most liveable cities in the world. Perth currently sits at 21 on the Most Liveable City ranking by Mercer’s global survey.
So what does the plan mean to the regions of Perth?
Major Changes for the North Metro Area
The north metropolitan region will benefit from rail upgrades including a new suburban rail line to Morley and East Wanneroo, as well as the extension of the current Joondalup rail line through to Yanchep.
On the road the northern corridor will see a new Whiteman Yanchep Highway, and extensions to the existing Mitchell Freeway.
The Minister states that, “High frequency bus services running every five are proposed for Yanchep, Alkimos, Joondalup, Gnagara Road, Whitfords and Hillarys.”
Major Changes for the South Metro Area
The south metropolitan region will benefit from significant rail development including the extension of the Thornlie line to meet the Mandurah line at Cockburn Central, and the extension of Armadale line to Byford .
On the roads, Stock Road will be extended north from Leach Highway to tunnel under the Swan River and deliver traffic to Stephenson Avenue at Jon Sanders Drive. A Fremantle to Rockingham Highway will be created to service the industrial precinct to provide better access to commercial traffic.
The Minister said high-frequency bus services running every five minutes were proposed from Fremantle to Armadale, Kwinana and Rockingham and from the Mandurah line stations in the Rockingham, Warnbro and Mandurah areas.
Major Changes for the East Metro Area
The east metropolitan region will see improvements to rail transport with the extension of both the Midland line to Bellevue and Armadale line to Byford. The Forrestfield-Airport Link will also connect the Midland line to Bayswater.
On the roads the Reid, Roe and Tonkin highways will all be upgraded to freeway standard.
High-frequency bus services running every five minutes are proposed between Midland and Mundaring, Armadale and Fremantle and Armadale and Mundijong.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder states, “While this is a plan prepared by transport planning experts, everyone has a right to have a say on what we aspire our city to look like. The Liberal National Government will be consulting with local governments, industry and the community during the next three months.”
Want to know more about the proposed transport upgrades to support Perth’s growth? Read our article on the “2016 Budget Infrastructure Proposals”.
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