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The Western Australian State Budget includes a record $4.2 billion to build new road infrastructure across both metropolitan and regional WA, with 25 major projects to get underway over 2019-20.
This Budget marks a major increase in funding for road infrastructure across WA.
The $4.2 billion total investment will fund road infrastructure and maintenance initiatives designed to reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and create jobs.
The Tonkin Highway Transformation Project received $1.2 billion, which will cover:
Of the allocated funding, a record $2 billion is to be spent on regional roads to start or complete major projects. These include $852 million for the Bunbury Outer Ring Road and $175 million for the Albany Ring Road to divert heavy haulage around the City of Albany.
Among the other projects to receive funding were:
Investing in cycling infrastructure
The State Budget includes over $146 million for cycling projects and grants to expand Western Australia’s cycling network by at least 150km.
Preparing METRONET to open in 2021
In addition to road infrastructure, more than $1.2 billion is allocated in the WA Budget for METRONET projects under development.
Major METRONET projects are now underway, with construction set to start on three new METRONET projects in late-2019.
Forrestfield Airport Link
The $1.9 billion project will see first trains operate in the second half of 2021, with new stations at Redcliffe, Airport Central and Forrestfield.
The $536 million project will extend the Thornlie Line to Cockburn Station, the first stage of a potential Circle Line, with two new stations at Nicholson Road and Ranford Road.
Byford Rail Extension
Planning work is continuing on the project to extend the Armadale Line south to Byford.
Yanchep Rail Extension
The $520 million project will extend the northern suburbs rail line to Yanchep, with three new stations at Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep.
Midland Station Project
Planning work is continuing on the Midland Station Project including a new train station and line extension to Bellevue
Construction is set to start later in 2019 on the new Bayswater Station, the first stage of the MorleyEllenbrook Line. The new rail line will service the north eastern suburbs, with detailed planning finalised later in 2019.
Level Crossing Removal
Construction to remove the Denny Avenue level crossing in Kelmscott will start later in 2019. $207.5 million over the next four years has been allocated to remove level crossings at Oats Street, Mint Street and Welshpool Road.
Planning is underway to investigate options for Wharf Street, Hamilton Street and William Street on the Armadale Line. Further planning work underway to remove the Caledonian Avenue level crossing on the Midland Line.
METRONET Railcar Program
Construction is to start on new Bellevue assembly and manufacturing facility in 2019-20. The $1.6 billion project is expected to deliver 246 new METRONET rail cars over ten years, making this the largest order of railcars in WA’s history.
At least 50 per cent of the manufacturing of new railcars is to be completed in Western Australia.
This article first appeared on infrastructuremagazine.com.au
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