Lose the Link, report says
GOVT ADVISED TO PULL FUNDING
THE Federal Government should withdraw support and its portion of funding for the $1.9 billion Perth Freight Link (PFL), a Senate inquiry has concluded.
The Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee also recommended the Federal Government seriously consider a second port based in Kwinana.
Committee chairman and Labor Senator Glenn Sterle said current evidence made it clear the PFL, which would link Roe Highway to the Fremantle Port, was not worth such a giant investment, describing the proposal as “poorly and hurriedly conceived”.
“Most seriously, the project does not incorporate a strategy to improve traffic flows through Fremantle to the port itself,” he said.
“This means the project is likely to cause traffic congestion around the Stirling Bridge.
“The committee under- stands that upgrades to bridges into Fremantle alone could add as much as $500 million to capital costs.”
The committee also recommended the Federal Government consider more closely a second harbour, based on the City of Kwinana’s Indian Ocean Gateway proposal.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder was sought for comment.