Election 2013 Western Australia March 9

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Infrastructure Matters

Circle Freeway a welcome consequence of METRONET plan

Labor Statement February 3

A McGowan Government will build a new Circle Freeway to allow uninterrupted travel between Perth's northern, eastern and southern suburbs, WA Labor Leader Mark McGowan said today.

Mr McGowan said the new freeway commitment would allow commuters to travel from the Kwinana Freeway to Perth Airport, then up Tonkin Highway to Reid Highway and back across to the Mitchell Freeway without a traffic light.

"The Circle Freeway is part of the integrated METRONET public transport plan, incorporated in the cost of building the North Circle and Ellenbrook lines," Mr McGowan said.

"Western Australia is the nation's fastest-growing State, yet the number of vehicle registrations is growing faster than our booming population.

"Perth is facing a traffic congestion crisis which needs a plan to fix it before it gets any worse.

"This year, there will be more than two million registered cars, trucks and motorcycles on our roads, which are growing more congested by the day.

"Poor planning and the wrong priorities of the Barnett Government have resulted in a transport network which cannot even cope with today's demands.

"WA Labor will build the Circle Freeway, which will link the Mitchell and Kwinana freeways with the Tonkin, Reid and Roe highways."

Mr McGowan said the construction of the Circle Freeway would improve safety at five of the ten worst intersections for crashes in Perth.

"This project will involve the construction of new overpasses along the Reid and Tonkin highways, at Erindale Road, Malaga Drive, Benara Road, Morley Drive and Collier Road," he said.

"It will also include upgrades to the Reid Highway and Mitchell Freeway intersection.

"The works will coincide with the construction of WA Labor's METRONET, which will run along a number of these highways.

"The Circle Freeway will be completed in mid-2018. Its cost of construction is incorporated into the costs of building the North Circle and Ellenbrook rail lines."

Mr McGowan said along with the works planned as part of Gateway WA on Tonkin Highway, under WA Labor, Perth motorists would have a full Circle Freeway.

"The bundling of these projects together into a single construction contract should provide significant savings," he said.

"This project will deliver many benefits to the community as it will provide more efficient freight movement around the metropolitan area.

"Colin Barnett has prioritised inner-city projects at the expense of the transport services people in the suburbs need.

"WA Labor has the right priorities and will fix our congestion crisis by building the Circle Freeway, a new freeway linking five of our most important roads and reducing the build-up of traffic at traffic lights.

"We have the right priorities. Better priorities, for a better future."

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