Jun 5, 2016

Only Labor will tackle traffic congestion in Perth

The Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese and Labor candidate for Cowan Anne Aly today inspected Wanneroo Road in north-western Perth, which will benefit from an upgrade under a Shorten Federal Labor Government.

Labor will commit $45 million for two grade separations on Wanneroo Road that will unlock future growth potential for the city of Wanneroo and direct benefits for commuters living in Tapping, Ashby, Wanneroo, Hocking and Pearsall.

With Infrastructure Australia warning that traffic congestion will cost the nation $53 billion a year in lost productivity by 2031 unless action is taken now, a Shorten Federal Labor Government will hit the ground running to unclog Perth’s road network after nearly three years of inactivity under the current government.

In addition to the Wanneroo Road upgrades, Labor will also invest $1 billion in the Perth Metronet public transport project, which will remove cars from the roads by providing more convenient railway travel options for commuters, including in the city’s northern corridor.

The Abbott-Turnbull Government has short-changed the people of Perth and Western Australia on infrastructure, particularly when it comes to public transport.

It has failed to commence any new infrastructure projects beyond those that were funded in the budgets of the former Labor Federal Government.

This inaction helps explain why Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that total public sector infrastructure investment declined by 20 per cent between the September quarter of 2013 and the September quarter of 2015.

The Government’s only proposed new project – the Perth Freight Link toll road – has not been subject to proper planning and has been halted by the WA Supreme Court on environmental grounds.

A Labor Government will abandon this ill-considered proposal and invest the money in the Metronet where it can make a real difference.

Unchecked traffic congestion is reducing the nation’s economic productivity and eroding the quality of life of commuters.

Only Labor has the policies and commitment to deal with urban congestion