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THE federal government will put $432 million into road and rail projects in Western Australia under its new national transport network, AusLink.
In Perth to make the announcement today, Roads Minister Ian Campbell, said the funding represented a more than 70 per cent increase in road construction funding to WA over the next five years.
"It will bring very considerable, long-term benefits to the state, make our highways far safer and cut transport costs for business," Senator Campbell said.
Senator Campbell said construction of the Kwinana Freeway extension and Mandurah bypass – to which $150 million had been pledged – would be vital for the development of the south-west region of WA.
"It has been evident for some time now that the bottleneck at Mandurah is a severe impediment to businesses moving produce from the south-west through to Perth each day as well as the massive traffic hold-ups that occur on holiday weekends," he said.
"The Australian government believes construction can start in 2006 and I urge the state government to bring forward its funding to ensure the project does get underway by then."
Sections of the Northern, Great Eastern, Roe and Eyre highways will all receive funding under the plan, which also allocates money for a new rail loop at Fremantle Port.
The full AusLink package will be unveiled in Canberra on Monday by Senator Campbell and Acting Prime Minister John Anderson.
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