Monday 8 May 2017
WA Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds has welcomed the announcement that the Denny Avenue level crossing in Kelmscott will be closed as part of a $2.3 billion state and federal funding agreement.
The Turnbull and McGowan governments reached an agreement on the substantial road and rail infrastructure package for Western Australia, which will be included in the federal budget tomorrow. The package consists of $1.6 billion in federal funding and $745 million in state funding.
The significant agreement will provide a major boost to WA’s local economy, with 6,000 jobs expected to be created as a result of the 17 new projects.
Senator Reynolds said as a regular user of Denny Avenue she was delighted the level crossing had been included in the list of projects.
“Denny Avenue is only 150 metres long, but it topped the list of RAC’s Risky Roads Survey,” she said.
“After my own experience with the crossing and hearing from residents, that’s no surprise. They all told me the same story – Denny Avenue is frightening to cross because of the congestion and the risk of becoming caught on the tracks when the lights change.
“It’s costing local businesses too, because the added time spent trying to cross at Denny Avenue slows businesses that rely on road transport right down.”
Senator Reynolds said it was hearing stories like these that inspired her to advocate for the $62 million project.
Federal funding will also be allocated towards stage two of the Armadale Road upgrade, which included the construction of a bridge over Kwinana Freeway, connecting Armadale and North Lake roads. The Federal Government has already committed $116 million to stage one – the duplication of Armadale Road.
For the full list of projects visit https://www.pm.gov.au/media/2017-05-07/23-billion-jobs-and-infrastructure-boost-western-australia
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