PM gets on board


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

PRIME Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull has sup­ported a south­bound on-ramp at Man­ning Road to the Kwinana free­way af­ter vis­it­ing the busy in­ter­sec­tion last week.

AF­TER see­ing Man­ning Road last week, Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said there was a need for a south-bound on­ramp to the Kwinana Free­way.

Mr Turn­bull vis­ited the site last Wed­nes­day with Swan MHR Steve Irons and Fi­nance Min­is­ter Mathias Cor­mann.

“I can see the need for it – to come off Man­ning Road and head south is quite an elab­o­rate ex­er­cise,” Mr Turn­bull said.

“There quite clearly should be an on-ramp.”

Mr Irons started cam­paign- ing for a south-bound on-ramp in 2009 af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with res­i­dents in the area.

“Now Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal has opened, more and more peo­ple are trav­el­ling south on the free­way and an on-ramp would make a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion as pro­duc­tive in­fra­struc­ture to the area,” Mr Irons said.

At present, there is no con­nect­ing ramp for ve­hi­cles want­ing to travel south-bound on the Kwinana Free­way from Man­ning Road.

“In­stead, ve­hi­cles trav­el­ling south must head north and ne­go­ti­ate a chal­leng­ing stretch of road, do­ing a loop over the free­way in­volv­ing merg­ing and lane-chang­ing,” Mr Irons said.

“The re­sult is con­ges­tion, jour­ney de­lays and dan­ger­ous con­di­tions for driv­ers, as well as in­con­ve­nience in lo­cal res­i­den­tial ar­eas, which are used as rat-runs to avoid the dan­ger­ous stretch of road.”

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