STOCK Road would become a four-lane highway linking Rockingham to Fremantle as part of a State Government long-term transport solution for coping with Perth’s continual population growth.
Unveiled today and dubbed the State’s most comprehensive transport plan since the Stephenson Report two decades ago, the Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond sets out how the metropolitan region’s road, public transport and cycling networks will need to change in coming years.
The four-lane highway to Fremantle, which would likely follow the existing routes of Rockingham Road and Stock Road, is part of the longer-term vision and seen as a requirement before the metropolitan population reaches 3.5 million.
It is also part of a bigger network touted in the transport blueprint that could give Rockingham residents a direct route to Joondalup and beyond.
From Stock Road, the Rockingham to Fremantle highway could link to a tunnel under the river at Point Walter, continue along an unspecified route through the western suburbs and connect to the Mitchell Freeway in Stirling.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said high-frequency bus services running every five minutes were proposed from Fremantle to Armadale, Kwinana and Rockingham and from Rockingham and Warnbro train stations.
Mundijong Road is also suggested as a future four-lane highway, although that is listed as a project for when the population passes 3.5 million – not before.
The Government is preparing to begin consultation.