Manning Road on-ramp funding

Media Release 20 February 2017
Canning Bridge

The City of South Perth has welcomed today’s announcement by the State Government to commit $15 million in funding for construction of a southbound on-ramp from Manning Road to the Kwinana Freeway.

In June 2016, the Federal Government announced it would commit $20 million to assist the State Government to undertake necessary work which is estimated to cost $35 million.

“Over a long period of time, the City has strongly advocated the need for this on-ramp to be built as a major priority,” Mayor Sue Doherty said.

“It is an important component of transport infrastructure in the Canning Bridge Precinct and there is strong widespread community support for it.

“As the City’s population continues to grow, we must ensure we accommodate the increasing number of cars on our roads with appropriate infrastructure.

“The proposed on-ramp will greatly benefit residents of the City and the wider community through improved connectivity and accessibility to the Kwinana Freeway.

“Additionally, it will improve commuter travel times, reduce traffic congestion at the Canning Bridge interchange and on Canning Highway. Safety for all motorists using this regional and local road system is paramount.

“To date, motorists wanting to get onto the Freeway south from Manning Road have to drive north up to the Canning Highway Overpass before they can then head south down the ramp onto the Freeway, leading to greater congestion on this Overpass.

“This has been an on-going issue since the Freeway was extended south of Canning Bridge. It adds travelling time both for motorists who are trying to travel south on the Kwinana Freeway from Manning Road as well as adding to the travel time for those using the interchange at Canning Bridge.”

The City’s Canning Bridge Activity Centre Plan (CBACP), which came into effect following the Minister for Planning’s approval of Town Planning Scheme Amendment No. 47 in February 2017, recommends the construction of the southbound Kwinana Freeway on ramp from Manning Road as necessary transport infrastructure.

The Amendment is the culmination of an 11-year-long study of an area centred on the Canning Bridge train station. The purpose of the Amendment is to give statutory effect to the CBACP, enabling development of the Activity Centre to proceed according to the CBACP’s provisions and desired outcomes. 

“The precinct surrounding the Canning Bridge now provides opportunities for revitalisation of the area for a mix of office, retail, residential, recreational and cultural uses, maximising opportunities offered by its unique ‘transport hub’ location,” Mayor Doherty said.

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