COMMUTERS travelling from Ellenbrook to Morley will have journey times slashed by half when NorthLink WA opens in 2019.
Residents in Ellenbrook and the rapidly growing north-eastern corridor will be among the big winners when the project becomes a reality, delivering a 42 kilometre freeway-to-freeway link between Morley and Muchea.
The 25-minute journey from Ellenbrook to Morley will halve, while pedestrians and cyclists will have an uninterrupted shared path linking to Guildford Road, Bayswater for the first time.
NorthLink WA will provide an efficient alternative freight route, taking about 80 per cent of trucks off Great Northern Highway, managing expected traffic growth and freeing up local and tourist roads through the Swan Valley.
Four of the State’s most dangerous intersections will be eliminated with new interchanges built and progressively opened over coming months.
These will be located at Hepburn Avenue, Gnangara Road and The Promenade at Ellenbrook, and flyovers at Beechboro Road North and Marshall Road.
Construction is almost complete on Western Australia’s first fauna overpass, providing a safe crossing for kangaroos, bandicoots, quenda and a variety of other wildlife including reptiles.
NorthLink WA is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and Western Australian governments, and is being delivered by Main Roads Western Australia.
Premier Mark McGowan said the project would 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,” he said.
“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.”
Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said this is one of several projects being worked on to solve congestion issues around Ellenbrook.
“The new Lord Street is nearing completion, Reid Highway widening is starting next year and the Morley-Ellenbrook Line in its detailed planning phase,” she said.
Swan Hills MLA Jessica Shaw said getting in and out of Ellenbrook during peak hour was incredibly difficult.
“With the expected population growth in the coming years it’s important we look at expanding transport options,” she said.
“Combined with Ellenbrook rail, our local area will soon benefit from multiple forms of transport.”