Federal election 2016: political parties pledge big money for Wanneroo Road


Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins at the intersection in question.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins at the intersection in question.

FEDERAL political parties have pledged funding to reduce congestion along Wanneroo Road.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visited the intersection of Wanneroo and Ocean Reef roads with Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins last week and announced that if elected, the Federal Government would provide $20 million for a grade separation.

The contribution would need to be matched with funding from the State Government, which has not yet been provided.

Mr Simpkins said he had advocated for the interchange since last year.

“The City of Wanneroo’s population alone has increased from 45,000 residents in 1991 to 180,000 residents in 2014,” he said.

“The population is continuing to grow and this project is vital to improving road safety, easing congestion, increasing traffic flow, and increasing accessibility to the Wangara/Landsdale industrial area.”

Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten made an election promise to deliver $45 million to fund overpasses at the same intersection and for the Wanneroo Road and Joondalup Drive connection.

Labor candidate for Cowan Anne Aly said congestion along Wanneroo Road was a problem.

“And we’re offering a real solution,” she said. “I believe that everyone deserves easy and safe access to schools, services and work – without spending hours in traffic.”