PM promises to fix Armadale Road


The Federal Government says it will help to ease congestion on Armadale Road
The Federal Government says it will help to ease congestion on Armadale Road

PRIME MINISTER Tony Abbott has pledged $116 million of federal funds to fix Armadale Road.

Mr Abbott made the announcement yesterday while he was in Perth to support Liberal’s Canning candidate Andrew Hastie in the lead up to the by-election, which will take place this Saturday.

The State Government also said it would contribute $29 million towards Armadale Road.

The Cities of Armadale and Cockburn have used the by-election to campaign for state and federal funding for its $290 million Community Connect South (CCS) project.

The project includes the $160 million construction of a flyover bridge and freeway interchange, linking North Lake Road to Armadale Road, and the $130 million duplication of Armadale Road.

The new road networks will reportedly ease congestion and boost productivity and employment in Perth’s south-eastern suburbs.

At this stage, there has been no mention of federal funds going towards the flyover bridge.

Mr Abbott has made a number of visits to the City of Armadale during the past few weeks, but yesterday was the first time he made a monetary commitment to help with any of the City’s road infrastructure projects.

Last week, Labor said it would inject $145 million into the CCS project, but did not have any further details about whether the funds would go towards Armadale Road or the flyover bridge.