Yanchep highway in transport plan

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The State Government’s new transport plan, which shows a new Yanchep highway linking Tonkin Hwy and Mitchell Fwy at Pipidinny Rd. Graphic: Department of Transport

A NEW Yanchep highway linking Tonkin Hwy and Mitchell Fwy is part of the State Government’s transport plan as it prepares for Perth’s population to increase.

On May 28 in New Yanchep highway proposed Yanchep News Online reported that landowners affected by a metropolitan region scheme amendment for a new highway linking Yanchep to the Perth Darwin Hwy would be contacted by Main Roads WA during the coming months, according to the City of Wanneroo.

On Friday, July 29 Transport Minister Dean Nalder announced a transport plan with major changes planned for the north metropolitan area as the state government plans for when Perth is expected to have a population of 3.5 million by 2050.

Mr Nalder said the Liberal National Government would consult with local governments, industry and the community about what they wanted the north metropolitan area to look like during the next three months.

Mr Nalder said a new Yanchep highway of freeway standard  – the Whiteman Yanchep Hwy – would link Tonkin Hwy with Mitchell Fwy with the section between Tonkin Hwy and Neerabup to be built by the time Perth’s population reached 3.5 million.

But the second section of the Whiteman Yanchep Hwy ­also of a freeway standard from Neerabup to link with the Mitchell Fwy at Pipidinny Rd, Eglinton would not be built until Perth’s population  was more than 3.5 million.

Department of Transport information, which included the comment that all new routes were subject to further work on exact alignment and detailed design, said the Whiteman Yanchep Hwy would link with Tonkin Hwy around Gnangara Rd.

The plan showed the area from Alkimos to Two Rocks will be serviced by the Mitchell Freeway and Marmion Ave.

The Micthell Fwy extension will tie in with Indian Ocean Dr in the north and be built to freeway standard to Toreopango Ave, Yanchep by the time Perth is home to 3.5 million people.

Proposed east-west arterial roads in the Alkimos to Two Rocks area include Lukin Dr, Romeo Rd, Alkimos Dr, Pipidinny Rd, Yanchep Beach Rd, Toreopango Ave, Reef Break Dr and Breakwater Dr – most of which would be constructed to four-lane divided standard and connecting to Mitchell Fwy interchanges by the time Perth’s population reached 3.5 million.

New Yanchep highway proposed

Mr Nalder said the Perth Transport Plan for 3.5 million People and Beyond had been developed over two years by transport planning experts, was based on extensive research and modelling and was Perth’s most comprehensive transport plan in two decades.

He 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.

“Improved road and freight networks, tunnels and river crossings will also play a part in our future network, keeping the city vibrant, connected and productive,” he said.

“High-frequency bus services running every five minutes are proposed for Yanchep, Alkimos, Joondalup, Gnangara Road, Whitfords and Hillarys.

“The plan also includes new cycling bridges over Lake Joondalup and Lake Goollelal that will shorten the ride from east Wanneroo to Joondalup and Darch to Kingsley and provide better access to the Yellagonga Regional Park.

Opposition Leader Mark McGowan said Western Australians would be understandably sceptical of anything the Liberals said about transport planning.

Mr McGowan said the Barnet Government had broken or failed to deliver every major transport promise it had made, including the Ellenbrook rail line and Max light rail.

“Now, with an election approaching they claim to have a plan – give me a break,’’ he said.