Libs will build on-ramp
MANNING ROAD ENTRY MAY FINALLY BECOME A REALITY
THE Liberal Party has committed $15 million to a southbound on-ramp at the Manning Road and Kwinana Freeway intersection, if re-elected.
After decades of inaction from both sides of politics, the announcement adds to the $20 million pledged by the Federal Government last year.
Currently, motorists who want to travel south from Manning Road need to loop around on Canning Highway before entering the freeway.
The Liberals expect construction to start in early 2019. Transport Minister Bill Marmion said it would take about a year to complete, with some buildings in the path of the road removed.
“A final design has to be done now but obviously it’s likely the flats will have to go because you need to get extra widening for a left turn slip (lane),” he said.
Mr Marmion said the length of time taken for any government to commit to it came down to money and the fact it was a safe Liberal seat, which meant Labor were less likely to make it a priority.
Manning resident Michael O’Brien owns one of the properties near the ramp and said the announcement was a longtime coming.
“I remember getting a letter about 30 years ago from the Roads Board, which is now Main Roads it was that long ago, saying they were looking at the ramp,” he said. “There will be less congestion.” South Perth Labor candidate Michale Voros said the State and Federal Liberal governments had talked about the project for years but had failed to deliver it.
“The Liberals have been in government for eight years and failed to progress this project,” he said.
“Even when the Federal Liberals promised to contribute funding towards the project eight months ago, Mr Marmion and State Liberals were nowhere to be seen.
“Now, on the eve of the State Election, Mr Marmion has suddenly taken an interest in the project. The community has a right to be extremely cynical about this."
Greens candidate for South Perth Mark Brogan said his party would support the project if it delivered durable environmental, economic and health benefits.
“There are real doubts as to whether the ramp will ever be delivered,” he said. “We'd also like to see the long-awaited train station near the zoo in South Perth.”
Decades in the making... Swan MHR Steve Irons, Transport Minister Bill Marmion and South Perth MLA John McGrath at the announcement of the southbound onramp at the Manning Road and Kwinana Freeway intersection.