Work underway on Perth’s new, modern freight corridor
Tuesday 11 August 2020
McGowan Government endorses independent Westport Taskforce final report and confirms Anketell and Thomas Road as future primary east-west freight route.
Work is underway to finalise designs for an expanded Anketell Road in Perth's south and reserve the area for future infrastructure delivery.
The McGowan Government yesterday released the independent Westport Taskforce Stage 2 Report which recommended a land-backed port be built within the Kwinana Industrial Area, connected by an efficient freight corridor via Anketell Road, Thomas Road and Tonkin Highway.
The recommended container port at Kwinana includes upgrading Anketell Road into a freight route connecting the port directly to Tonkin Highway and the logistics precincts in outer the Perth metropolitan area.
Some sections of Anketell Road already have a Planning Control Area in place, which protects the area as a freight corridor, while other parts of the road will need such plans put in place to ensure that future development considers the planned freight corridor.
Early planning is also underway with regards to the future capacity and use of Thomas and Rowley roads.
The McGowan Government has allocated $25 million, from the $97.2 million allocation, for planning, corridor design and community and land owner engagement along with potential land acquisition along Anketell Road and Thomas Road
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and Main Roads WA will now undertake environmental assessments and planning design to help inform new Planning Control Areas, which will ultimately result in amendments to the Metropolitan Region Scheme. This will be done progressively over the next four years.
Consultation will be undertaken with all landowners in the area and the State Government will continue to work collaboratively with local governments to ensure development proposals along Anketell Road do not present road planning constraints.
Read the full media statement: Work underway on Perth’s new, modern freight corridor