A 28-bay assembly area for 36.5m-long road trains has opened at Abernethy Road in Forrestfield.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the $5 million facility was an important link in the State Government’s Gateway WA Perth Airport and freight access project, which had generated up to 1000 jobs.
“This assembly area will greatly improve productivity, safety and amenity for the freight industry by reducing congestion on local roads,” he said.
“Road trains, which previously had to park on local roadsides for trailer breakdown and assembly, now have a safe bitumen area to park, drop a trailer and then deliver their loads to destinations.
“Freight operators will also no longer need to wait at the heavily congested intersections of Leach Highway or Kewdale Road/Horrie Miller Drive in order to travel southbound on Tonkin Highway or to connect to Roe Highway.
“By removing the majority of oversize load movements from the surrounding roads in Forrestfield, which are mainly residential, we are also improving safety for other road users in the community.”
Using the new area as a ‘shortcut’ will improve productivity for the freight industry by reducing the travel distance for oversized loads by 3.7km.