Plan will keep growing city connected and moving

Source: Western Australia Government - www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au 

01 August 2016

WA Government: A transport plan to ensure Perth's bus network, rail links, roads and cycleways grow in order to cater for a population of 3.5 million has been launched today by Transport Minister Dean Nalder.

The Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond has been developed over two years by transport planning experts, based on extensive research and modelling.  It is Perth's most comprehensive transport plan in two decades.

Mr Nalder said planning for transport options to accommodate an extra 1.4 million people would help maintain Perth's status as one of the most liveable cities in the world.

Under the plan, released for public comment, Perth's public transport system would be significantly expanded.

Key rail projects proposed include:

The plan also recommends Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), where buses have a designated lane, to areas where the level of demand does not warrant heavy rail.  BRT routes would connect Ellenbrook to Bassendean Station, Midland and the new East Wanneroo rail link.  BRT or light rail would connect Glendalough Station to Scarborough Beach.

The Minister said road transport would remain the dominant way for people and freight to travel and the plan expanded the city's core system of freeways, mostly by upgrading existing highways to freeway standards.  Key plans for roads included:

The plan also recommends increasing Perth's cycleway network from the current 172km to more than 850km.

"Improved road and freight networks, tunnels and river crossings will play a part in our future network, keeping the city vibrant, connected and productive," Mr Nalder said.

"Aside from new infrastructure and expanded services, network efficiency measures and strategies to influence travel choices will make sure we get maximum value out of the transport system.

"With the cost of congestion in Perth currently estimated at $2 billion a year, the Liberal National Government has developed a comprehensive and smart plan that will keep Perth and our economy moving.

"This plan draws from expertise within the State's transport agencies, universities, recent research and global knowledge.

"While this is a plan prepared by transport planning experts, everyone has a right to have a say on what we aspire our city to look like.  The State Government will be consulting with local governments, industry and the community during the next three months."

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