Work underway to design a new freight corridor in Perth

The Western Australian Government has endorsed work done by the independent Westport Taskforce that presented a final report which confirms Anketell and Thomas Road as a future freight corridor.

Designs are now being finalised for an expanded Anketell Road and the area is being reserved for future infrastructure delivery.

The Westport Taskforce Stage 2 Report, released by the government, recommended a land-backed port be built within the Kwinana Industrial Area, connected by an efficient freight corridor via Anketell Road, Thomas Road and Tonkin Highway.

As a container port is recommended at Kwinana, infrastructure upgrades will include turning Anktell Road into a freight route to connect the port directly with the Tonkin Highway and logistics precincts in outer-metro Perth.

Some parts of the road are already protected as a freight corridor by a Planning Control Area. Other sections will need to have similar plans put in place to ensure future development considers the corridor.

Early planning is also underway with regards to the future capacity and use of Thomas and Rowley roads.

The Western Australian Government has allocated $25 million, from the $97.2 million allocation, for planning, corridor design and community and land owner engagement along with potential land acquisition along Anketell Road and Thomas Road.

The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and Main Roads WA will now undertake environmental assessments and planning design in order to decide on new Planning Control Areas.

Transport and Planning Minister Rita Saffioti said the release of the independent Westport Taskforce report is a blueprint for Western Australia’s future prosperity.

“It outlines the need for a new container port at Kwinana supported by an efficient, modern freight corridor via Anketell Road and Tonkin Highway stretching from Muchea to the South-West and connecting to the new port.”

She said there are also rail upgrades under investigation, including the duplication of a 13 kilometre section of track between Kwinana and Cockburn.

“An upgraded rail network could support at least 1.7M TEU on rail and also provide efficiencies for bulk freight traffic servicing export berths and industrial facilities in Kwinana,” Saffioti said.

“With a port location now confirmed, we can commence detailed planning and design to formalise the transport corridors that will support this new freight infrastructure.”

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