STATE Labor leader Mark McGowan has promised funding for two overpasses along Wanneroo Road if his party is elected at the March election.
Mr McGowan said a WA Labor government would not proceed with the Roe 8 and Perth Freight Link projects, reallocating the $1.7 billion to other projects.
This includes $95 million to build two overpasses on Wanneroo Road, at the Ocean Reef Road and Joondalup Drive intersections.
“Wanneroo Road has become a major arterial road, as have Ocean Reef Road and Joondalup Drive,” he said.
“Traffic congestion is at breaking point at these intersections, that’s why we will build the two overpasses along Wanneroo Road to cut the red light waiting times and reduce traffic congestion throughout the northern suburbs.”
Mr McGowan said independent legal advice from former WA Solicitor General Grant Donaldson indicated that renegotiating the contract after the election would only have a modest cost on the State.
“WA Labor’s decision not to proceed with the project has been carefully thought through and is based on credible independent legal advice,” he said.
But State Transport Minister Bill Marmion said Labor was putting $1.1 billion of Federal funding for the projects at risk and ending the contract would cost taxpayers up to $40 million – with $20 million already in unrecoverable costs.
The Government is expected to make an announcement regarding the Wanneroo Road intersections in the next few weeks.
The potential overpasses were a hot topic leading into last year’s Federal election, with former Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledging $20 million for the Ocean Reef Road grade separation if re-elected – while Opposition leader Bill Shorten promised $45 million towards both intersection upgrades.