The Gateway WA Consortium comprising Leighton Contractors, Georgiou, GHD, AECOM and BG&E has been chosen as the preferred alliance partner to deliver the billion dollar Gateway WA project, with construction work expected to kick-off early next year.
Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said officials from Main Roads WA will now begin detailed negotiations with the Consortium with a view to finalising contractual arrangements before the end of the year.
“Assessed by Infrastructure Australia and placed on its 2010 National Priority List, this project was one of our key pledges at the last Federal election and we are determined to make it happen,” said Mr Albanese.
“It is also a great example of how we are reinvesting a proportion of the wealth created by our natural resources back into building the infrastructure the mining industry needs and regional communities rely upon. We want to make Western Australia an even better place in which to invest and raise a family.”
“State-wide, we’ve almost doubled annual Federal infrastructure spending from $154 to $261 per Western Australian. All up, we are investing a record $3.7 billion over six years to modernise the State’s transport infrastructure.”
The Gateway WA project is being jointly funded, with the Federal Government contributing up to $686.4 million. The entire upgrade is expected to be completed by 2017, ahead of the planned consolidation of the domestic and international terminals.
Western Australian Transport Minister Troy Buswell said the scope of the project was outlined in the Gateway WA Project Master Plan, which was developed in close consultation with industry and the local community.
“The Master Plan identified a series of much-needed improvements around the Airport as well as the nearby Kewdale and Forrestfield industrial estates, including extra lanes on the Tonkin Highway, new interchanges and the upgrade of Leach Highway to an expressway,” said Mr Buswell.
“This precinct is one of the State’s most important transport hubs, facilitating the movement of people and freight essential to our ongoing industrial development. But unfortunately, this junction point between road, rail and air services is not fit for purpose.
“By fixing the road network around the Airport, the Gateway project will not only reduce urban congestion in Perth but also improve the efficiency and reliability of the supply chain on which regional communities depend, particularly those in the resource rich North West.
“In short, this project is an investment in Western Australia’s future.”
Project Fact File
The project includes:
- A freeway-to-freeway interchange at the Tonkin and Leach Highways intersection, with free flowing movements in all directions, and includes a major new access to the international terminal.
- An interchange at the Tonkin Highway, Horrie Miller Drive and Kewdale Road intersection, removing one of Perth’s worst black spots.
- An interchange at the Leach Highway and Abernethy Road intersection.
- Upgrade of the existing interchange at the junction of the Tonkin and Roe Highways to a partial freeway-to-freeway interchange.
- Widening of the Tonkin Highway to six lanes between the Great Eastern and Roe Highways.
- Upgrade of the Leach Highway to ‘expressway standard’ between the Tonkin Highway and Orrong Road, maximising the benefits of the Leach Highway and Abernethy Road interchange.
Land acquisition process for the project commenced earlier this year.
Given the project’s size, scale and complexity, construction is likely to be staged to minimise disruption to road users, residents and industry.