Support for rail link to Yanchep

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The City of Wanneroo says it has support for its call to have the freeway extended to Romeo Rd and a rail link to Yanchep by 2020. Picture: Anita McInnes

THE City of Wanneroo says it advocacy about the dire need to extend the Mitchell Freeway to Romeo Rd and bring the rail link to Yanchep to fruition by 2020 is supported by Infrastructure Australia.
Mayor Tracey Roberts said the Infrastructure Australia Plan, released on February 17 acknowledged key messages the City of Wanneroo had been highlighting in its Advocacy Plan.
“The city was one of only five cities across the nation to make a submission to the report with Infrastructure Australia agreeing that major transport projects should be a high priority on the infrastructure plans of the state and federal governments,” she said.
“Infrastructure Australia has identified the very real need for additional road and public transport capacity in Perth’s growing northern corridor – a fact the City of Wanneroo has been placing on the state and national agendas through our Tri-Cities Alliance and Community and Shadow Cabinet meetings.
Mrs Roberts said the Infrastructure Australia Plan clearly reinforced the city’s advocacy to have the projects finished by 2020 – five years earlier than currently scheduled.
She said the need to improve east-west connections and access funding for creating a dual carriageway on Flynn Dr at Neerabup were also vitally important.
“The city is very pleased its strong advocacy strategy has been recognised on the crucially important infrastructure issues of sound public transport planning for our current and future residents.
“We must redress the imbalance between the inner and outer suburbs to improve life for our communities and I am pleased that Infrastructure Australia has recognised the necessity for access to mass road and rail networks.
“An earlier audit by Infrastructure Australia predicted the cost of road congestion in Perth could top $16B by 2031, an enormous cost to society that can and should be avoided.”
Opposition Planning and Transport spokeswoman Rita Saffioti said it was labor’s policy to establish an independent advisory body in WA and publish a state infrastructure strategy for the next 20 years.
Ms Saffioti said improving public transoort links in the growing suburbs was crucial.
The Infrastructure Australia Plan predicted that by 2031, more than 30 million people will call Australia home, and most of them will live in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.
The plan said the need for a national infrastructure plan had never
been greater.
It also said the infrastructure costs of housing was usually lower
for developments in established urban areas as much of the necessary connecting infrastructure
already existed.
“Research undertaken by Curtin University indicates
that the cost difference between the two development
pathways can be substantial,’’ the plan said.
“The research finds that the average cost (in 2007 dollars) of providing energy,
telecommunications, water and transport infrastructure
services to a unit of housing in existing inner urban
areas is $26,500, while for outer urban greenfield
locations the cost is $69,500.
This represents a difference of $43,000 per unit.
The plan said demand for urban transport infrastructure was projected to increase significantly.
“Without action, the cost of congestion on urban roads could rise to more than $50 billion each year by 2031.
“Demand for many key urban road and rail corridors is projected to significantly exceed current capacity by 2031.’’