Labor pledges $80m to Armadale bridge
ALBANESE MAKES PROMISE
TWO local mayors have welcomed Federal Labor’s pledge to fund half of the $160 million Armadale Road flyover bridge.
Labor candidate for Fremantle Josh Wilson joined Opposition infrastructure and transport spokesman Anthony Albanese to make the pledge on Tuesday.
“This is not only one of the fastest growing parts of the Perth metro area, or fastest growing parts of the Fremantle electorate, it’s one of the fastest growing areas in Australia,” Mr Wilson said.
“It has a congestion problem that needs to be fixed.”
The bridge forms part two of Cockburn and Armadale’s Community Connect South campaign, a plan to address traffic congestion between the Hills and the coast.
Part one was to secure funding to widen Armadale Road to a dual carriageway between Verde Drive in Jandakot and Anstey Road in Forrestdale.
Cockburn Mayor Logan Howlett said widening Armadale Road without building the bridge would push congestion further into Cockburn Central.
“One would expect the (bridge) funding will be at least matched (by the Liberal Party),” Mr Howlett said.
“Our whole campaign has been about getting both candidates for the Federal seats of Fremantle and Burt to commit to this project.
“We need to convince everybody, and particular both governments, that this project is vital to this region.”
Armadale Mayor Henry Zelones said the number of horns going off in traffic was an indication motorists needed the bridge.
“It’s only the government in power that creates budgets,” he said.
“We have a job to do with the State Government of course.
“We are rather hoping the State Government will take note of what is going on here.
“The City of Cockburn has made a commitment, but there is obviously lot of work to be done in connecting roads.”
There was no funding for the bridge in the recent Federal or State budgets.
Anthony Albanese announces $80 million for an Armadale Road flyover bridge if his party wins government.