Cycle path part of highway upgrade

Last week, a $12 million upgrade for Great Eastern Highway between Bilgoman Road and Mundaring was announced as part of a Federal contribution to WA roads.

Now the same section of road will get a cycling path as part of the State budget.

The cycleway is one of four projects in a $34.4 million funding allocation for Perth cycling infrastructure.

Swan Hills MP Frank Alban said he looked forward to the safety benefits this cycling infrastructure would bring to the Swan Hills region.

�Mundaring is known as a hub of Perth�s Hills, attracting cyclists and drivers due to its picturesque location. The construction of dedicated cycling infrastructure will ensure our cyclists and roads are safer for all users,� he said.

�I look forward to the improvements these projects will bring for residents, visitors and workers, whether they drive or cycle.�

Prime Minister Tony Abbott was in Perth recently to announce several grants, provided as part of a deal to compensate WA for its declining share of the GST.

Under the $499 million package, the Northlink WA project will receive an additional $138 million, $84 million for Tonkin Highway grade separation and $54 million for the Swan Valley bypass.

About $67 million has also been provided for an upgrade of Reid Highway, or 80 per cent of the overall cost.