IN response to Janette Bedwell (“Why we hate Roe 8 to ruin”, Canning Times, February 7), Main Roads considers Roe Highway to be the ‘missing link’ in the State’s road network, completing the Reid-Roe ring road around Perth.
Roe Highway is a staged development. Roe 8 links Kwinana Freeway to Stock Road and as a designated freight route can service Fremantle Port and a possible future outer harbour.
Roe 8 will provid
e a vital southern entry to WA’s major emergency services at Murdoch, preventing the hospital site from becoming gridlocked by 2021.
Roe 9 will link Stock Road to Fremantle.
Withdrawing the Roe 8 contracts means this road of national importance will not be completed and the massive investment by successive governments to link to Fremantle Port will fail.
Truck access to Fremantle Port is the current barrier to expanding container handling capacity.
Completing Roe Highway through to the Port will enable its current capacity of 1.2 million containers to grow to about 2.1 million containers per annum.
With further upgrades to infrastructure, the life of Fremantle Port can be extended for up to 25 years and beyond.
The Maritime Workers Union (MUA) opposes the construction of the outer harbour, supports the expansion of Fremantle Port and rejects claims that a new automated outer harbour will generate additional ongoing employment after its construction.