WA Government announces plans for road upgrades

The WA Government has released a comprehensive plan designed to help tackle traffic congestion in and around the CBD. This follows CBD projects that include the Perth Waterfront development and Perth City Link.

Transport Minister Troy Buswell and Treasurer Christian Porter announced a $47.6million 2012-13 Budget package to ensure the CBD has a sustainable transport network to accommodate major city projects and the growing population.

This funding is in addition to $57 million for a third lane in the Graham Farmer Freeway tunnel and increased lane capacity on the Mitchell Freeway.

“The Perth Waterfront Development, Perth City Link and Riverside projects are under way or are about to start, and are integral components to the transformation of Perth into a vibrant and modern city,” Mr Buswell said.

“These projects will clearly impact on the flow of traffic in and around the city, and the CBD Transport Plan outlines how this impact will be managed and how we can better meet the needs of drivers, users of public transport, pedestrians and cyclists.”

Accoridng to Mr Buswell, the $47.6 million from the Perth Parking Management Account would be used to introduce active traffic management, which uses CCTV cameras to provide information to road users and to incident response crews which remove broken-down vehicles.

“Active traffic management will increase road safety and traffic capacity by minimising disruption from crashes and breakdowns on the Graham Farmer Freeway and the inner-city sections of the Mitchell and Kwinana freeways, as well as blockages from illegal clearway parking in the CBD,” he said.

“It will also involve real time management of traffic signals, so where incidents occur or roadworks are impeding traffic flow, Main Roads will modify traffic signal timings to maximise traffic flow, particularly during peak periods.”

The Perth CBD Transport Plan was prepared by the Department of Transport in partnership with the City of Perth, Main Roads WA and the Public Transport Authority, in consultation with the Department of Planning.

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