Westport – The Anketell-Thomas Road Freight Corridor

Westport, as all our readers know, is the State Government’s long-term program for a new container terminal in Kwinana integrated with a high-quality, safe, and efficient road and rail network.

As major port projects take time to plan before construction can even begin, work is underway to develop a business case that will recommend to Government the high-level designs, including the Anketell-Thomas Road freight corridor. This will include advising the best time and way to transition from the Inner Harbour in Fremantle to the Outer Harbour in Kwinana in the future.

Work is now underway to develop a concept design for a freight corridor using Anketell and Thomas roads, which will connect Tonkin Highway with the growing strategic Kwinana industrial area and future port.

Today the Minister for Transport and Westport released a concept plan for the freight corridor.

Have a look at this YouTube video for an outline of the concept plan.

The early concept for the corridor between Clementi Road in Mandogalup to Tonkin Hwy in Oakford includes:

* Upgrading Thomas and Anketell Roads to four lanes between Tonkin Highway in Oakford and Lyon Road in Anketell and creating four lanes in each direction for general traffic plus dedicated freight only lanes (one in each direction) between Lyon Road and Clementi Road in Mandogalup, which will include new bridges over Kwinana Freeway.

* New interchanges, bridges, roundabouts and ramps at Thomas and Kargotich and Thomas and Nicholson roads.

* Service roads to provide access to properties on Anketell and Thomas roads.

* A shared path along the south side of the corridor for pedestrians and cyclists.

The concept provides uninterrupted east-west movement for freight vehicles, and enhanced safety for local road users, as well as high-grade pedestrian and cyclist access.

A Planning Control Area will help identify the area needed for the future road and ensure proposed developments adjacent support the future freight corridor.

Land requirements are not yet confirmed, but Westport want to help potentially affected property owners and the wider community to understand what this may mean for them as the freight corridor concept design is refined.

Westport is sharing the early road concept design to capture feedback. To provide feedback, please complete this survey..

The concept design is the first phase of the freight corridor planning process, with the concept design expected to be refined following community engagement and technical studies over the next 18 months.

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