The Morrison Government will get the people of Midland home sooner and safer and make doing business easier, with $20 million to bust congestion on the Lloyd Street Bridge Extension.

The infrastructure overhaul means easy access to the airport, better freight connections for local industrial enterprises and quicker access between work, the Midland Hospital and shops for those living in Hazelmere and Guildford.

 Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the important thing was that people were spending less time on the road and more time with their loved ones.

 “That is why we are investing in public transport infrastructure and removing pinch points and bottlenecks will make a real difference to the lives of people living in fast-growing suburbs,” the Prime Minister said.

 ”This will help families and businesses get back valuable time.”

 Federal Member for Hasluck, Ken Wyatt MP welcomed the commitment of $20 million to upgrade the Lloyd Street Extension across the Helena River.

 “The Lloyd Street Extension will ease congestion by improving freight access to the industrial areas of Hazelmere and Midland,” Mr Wyatt said.

 “The project will extend Lloyd Street to directly link Midland with the industrial areas of Hazelmere and Guildford, and will also connect with the recently announced Abernethy Road/Great Eastern Highway Bypass Interchange.”

 “This is great news for residents of surrounding areas, who have raised concerns with me about the peak-period traffic build-up and trucks on local roads.”

 Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said congestion was a growing problem across Perth and the Morrison Government’s Urban Congestion Fund would deliver a solution.

“The Urban Congestion Fund is designed to eliminate congestion issues where they are hurting the most – not only the major freeways but the local pinch points which can provide daily headaches to commuters,” Minister Tudge said.

The $96 million investment across Perth includes:

 $20 million toward extending Lloyd Street in Hazelmere to ease congestion caused by limited freight access to the industrial areas of Hazelmere and Midlands.

  • $13.25 toward upgrading a three-kilometre stretch of Abernethy Road to tackle congestion caused by population growth and more heavy vehicles servicing nearby industrial areas in Kewdale.

  • $10 million toward construction of Lakelands Station on the Mandurah Rail Line, filling a 23-kilometre gap in the urban rail network in order to ease pressure on the city’s roads.

  • $2.5 million to bust congestion at the Shorehaven Boulevard/Marmion Avenue intersection at Alkimos, improving peak-period travel times and safety for Perth’s growing northern suburbs.

  • $50 million to roll out the next section of widening of the Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways and to implement Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) to monitor and control traffic flows.

 Major projects supported by the Australian Government, which are already underway across Perth, include various METRONET projects, upgrading the Tonkin Highway, extending the Mitchell Freeway and widening the Kwinana Freeway.