NorthLink WA to halve journey times for northeastern suburbs

Journey times are expected to be cut in half for Perth commuters when NorthLink WA opens in 2019.Journey times are expected to be cut in half for Perth commuters when NorthLink WA opens in 2019.

The project aims to deliver a 42 kilometres freeway to freeway link between Morley and Muchea connect residents in Ellenbrook to Morley, halving the 25-minute journey time between the two suburbs.

Northlink WA also aims to provide an alternative freight route to take an estimated 80 per cent of trucks off the Great Northern Highway to manage expected traffic growth and free up local roads.

Four intersections at Hepburn Avenue, Gnangara Road, The Promenade at Ellenbrook and flyovers at Beechboro Road North and Marshall Road will be removed and replaced by new interchanges that will be progressively opened over the coming months.

Construction is almost completed on WA’s first fauna overpass to provide a safe crossing for kangaroos, bandicoots, quenda and reptiles.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said the project will deliver around 7000 direct and indirect local jobs.

“Ellenbrook is a huge growth area with the population expected to exceed 47,000 people by 2031. It’s important we continue to plan for the future and deliver congestion-busting infrastructure to reduce travel times, giving local families more time to do the things that really matter,” Mr McGowan says.

“This new highway will provide much needed extra road capacity for future population growth, and along with the proposed Ellenbrook rail, provide much needed alternate transport options.

“It’s another important piece in our plans to connect Perth suburbs and reduce congestion in our city,” he said.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the new shared path provides cyclists and pedestrians the opportunity to enjoy a seamless journey to the Midland Lane shared path, connecting Ellenbrook to the wider cycling network for the first time.

“This is one of several projects we are working on to solve congestion issues around Ellenbrook, with New Lord Street nearing completion, Reid Highway widening starting next year and the Morley-Ellenbrook Line in its detailed planning phase,” Ms Saffioti said.

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