Labor pledge $3.1m to fix Northlink access

Labor pledge $3.1m to fix Northlink access

WA Labor has pledged $3.1 million to fix access issues caused by the NorthLink WA project in the eastern suburbs if elected next month.

The $1.12 billion project was launched to provide a state-of-the-art transport link between Morley and Muchea but had sparked concerns from Morley, Noranda and Bennett Springs residents about local traffic congestion.

Labor promised to improve access to Reid Highway from Lightning Park in Noranda, access to Beechboro Road North for residents exiting Hamersley Avenue and address access issues to Tonkin and Reid Highway in Bennett Springs.

Proposed road changes include a ‘Keep Clear’ sign at the Hamersley Avenue and Beechboro Road North intersection, a U-turn facility to allow a left turn out of Hamersley Avenue and then make a safe U-turn to proceed south on Beechboro Road North.

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Labor also promised to keep a slip road from Lightning Park to allow access to Reid Highway and examine the NorthLink stage 2 contract to provide better access to Reid Highway or Tonkin Highway in Bennett Springs.

Opposition transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said WA Labor would work with contractors to address access issues raised by the community.

WA Transport Minister Bill Marmion did not respond to questions about whether the Liberals would match Labor’s pledge.

Ms Saffioti said the State Government had underspent $76 million in the Budget which was redirected to other projects.

“This is going to be an ongoing process because we do not want to move traffic congestion and we do not want to create unsafe intersections,” she said.

Main Roads spokesman Dean Roberts said Main Roads would continue to work with the City of Bayswater on access issues to Lightning Park.

“The safety of the public remains the utmost priority for Main Roads,” he said.

“Now that the new access arrangements are in place and the school year has started, traffic counts are being conducted on local streets affected by these changes to determine any impacts and to assess whether additional traffic from Lightning Park is distributed appropriately across other local roads.”