Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan labels Roe 8 a road nightmare

Labor candidate for Baldivis Reece Whitby and Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan are concerned that Roe 8 will cause major congestion headaches on Stock Road.
Labor candidate for Baldivis Reece Whitby and Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan are concerned that Roe 8 will cause major congestion headaches on Stock Road.

THE controversial Roe 8 project, set to terminate at Stock Road, will cause “massive problems” for commuters from the Rockingham and Baldivis region, says Rockingham MLA Mark McGowan.

The warning follows an announcement by Premier Colin Barnett that the State Government had approved a contract to build Roe 8.

Mr Barnett said the project would significantly improve traffic flow across Perth’s southern suburbs.

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He said the 5km, four-lane dual carriageway extension from the Kwinana Freeway intersection through to Stock Road would redistribute more than 6900 trucks and 74,000 light vehicles per day from existing routes in the area.

“This project will substantially reduce congestion, improve freight efficiency, road safety and access to key activity centres, including Murdoch,” Mr Barnett said.

But Mr McGowan said the Government’s decision to spend $540 million on five kilometres of road was a mistake and didn’t fix the southern suburbs’ transport problems.

“What’s more, it will direct more trucks onto Stock Road and then there will be massive problems at the Stock Road, Leach Highway intersection,” he said.

“This only makes the trucking problem worse and delays the construction of a new port in Kwinana, which is the long-term fix to WA’s freight and trade needs.”

Labor candidate for Baldivis Reece Whitby said hundreds of people from the suburb used Stock Road to commute to work.

“This doesn’t solve anything, it’s just going to cause a massive headache,” he said.

“They’re moving the problem to impact the people of the southern corridor, rather than fixing the problem for everyone.”

Transport Minister Bill Marmion said a contract for the project was being finalised. He said it would create between 400 and 500 direct jobs and thousands of indirect job opportunities during construction.