State Election 2017: McGowan pledges $30 million for Wanneroo Road dual carriageway

Rita Scaffioti MLA, John Quigley MLA and State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan in Wanneroo. Picture: Bruce Hunt
Rita Scaffioti MLA, John Quigley MLA and State Opposition Leader Mark McGowan in Wanneroo. Picture: Bruce Hunt

MARK McGowan has announced further funding as part of WA Labor’s plans to tackle traffic congestion in Perth’s northern suburbs.

He said if elected in March, his party would provide $30 million for a dual carriageway along Wanneroo Road from Joondalup to Flynn drives.

This matches the State Government’s promise made on December 21 to do the same, however the 2016-17 Government Mid-year Financial Projections Statement (mid-year review) released the next day showed only $10 million for the project.

Mr McGowan visited the site today for the announcement, which followed Wednesday’s pledge to provide $95 million to build two overpasses on Wanneroo Road, at the Joondalup Drive and Ocean Reef Road intersections, with all three projects funded using money saved by scrapping Roe 8 and the Perth Freight Link.

“We have a complete plan to ease congestion on Wanneroo Road and the northern suburbs,” Mr McGowan said.

“Wanneroo Road is a longstanding arterial road in our north, but it has been ignored for too long.

“The significant increase in east-west traffic has made these intersections a priority, as congestion at the intersections has reached breaking point.”

He said the Wanneroo Road projects would create 445 jobs, with construction of the dual carriageway and Ocean Reef Road overpass expected to start by the end of the year and work on the Joondalup Drive overpass due to commence in 2018.

Transport Minister Bill Marmion has been contacted for comment.