Future freight corridor puts local road infrastructure in focus

Published on Wednesday, 12 August 2020 at 10:39:28 AM

The Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale has welcomed the State Government’s announcement to commence early planning works to enhance Anketell and Thomas roads as key freight links to
support the proposed new container port at Kwinana.

On Monday, 10 August, the McGowan Government announced a land-backed port be built within the Kwinana Industrial Area, connected by an efficient freight corridor via Anketell Road, Thomas Road and Tonkin Highway.

Shire President Michelle Rich said the announcement of a new container port at Kwinana presented a range of opportunities for investment in the Shire, including progressing the West Mundijong Industrial Area.

Cr Rich said the Shire welcomed the State Government’s announcement for planning works to commence for Thomas and Anketell roads, which will provide key east-west connections as part of the freight corridor.

“We look forward to working collaboratively with the State Government and our community on the planning and design of these two roads,” Cr Rich said.

“We hope we can also advance our advocacy with the State Government through this planning work to secure funding for the full duplication of Thomas Road from South Western Highway to
Kwinana Freeway, which will provide a safe and efficient connection for all road users from Byford in the east to Kwinana in the west.”

Cr Rich said the Shire looked forward to receiving a briefing from the Westport Taskforce in the near future to understand more about the freight corridor and opportunities for the Shire, including
the proposed Intermodal Terminal Site at West Mundijong Industrial Area.

To read the State Government’s media statement about the freight corridor, click here.

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