Lobby for flyovers gains momentum


Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles and Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins at the intersection of Wanneroo and Ocean Reef Roads
Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles and Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins at the intersection of Wanneroo and Ocean Reef Roads

Wanneroo MLA Paul Miles and Cowan MHR Luke Simpkins are urging their respective governments for funding for a grade separation, or flyover, for the intersection of Wanneroo and Ocean Reef roads and the realignment of Gnangara Road to Whitfords Avenue. Mr Miles said the first project would cost $35 to $40 million but it was “economically viable”.

“These road improvements will provide greater access to major public transport hubs like the Joondalup and Edgewater train stations,” he said.

“I believe that this is absolutely critical when we are attempting to ease traffic congestion by getting people off our roads and on to public transport.”

Mr Miles said he believed congestion was a greater issue at the Ocean Reef road intersection with Wanneroo Road than at Joondalup Drive because the Mitchell Freeway extension project would provide another entry point to the freeway via Flynn Drive.

“Computer modelling shows the new Flynn Drive will take quite a lot of traffic,” he said.

Mr Simpkins agreed the projects were vital.

“I have spoken and advocated for these upgrades on several occasions and will continue to outline their importance if we are to meet the needs of the future,” he said.

“State and Federal governments will continue to work together to achieve the best outcomes for local residents and fight for what is needed.”

Labor Cowan candidate Anne Aly said she also recognised a need for the upgrades.

“I support any solution that improves road safety in the area,” she said.

“It’s an issue that keeps cropping up with all the residents that I’ve been speaking to.

“However, the reason why there’s traffic congestion and traffic issues in the first place is that the State Government has failed to deliver on their promises to bring public transport and key infrastructure to that area.”