WA transport minister Dean Nalder told state parliament this week that completing the last kilometre-and-a-half of the Perth Freight Link would cost taxpayers an additional $500 million.
He conceded upgrading Stirling Highway through to Fremantle Port would ultimately be required to complete the project, but said the projected cost made it a low priority right now.
He suggested minor improvements costing “three million, four million, or five million” dollars could fix the bottleneck around the Canning/Stirling Highway intersection until 2026.
Labor criticised it as a quick-fix.
“The government will spend $2 billion on a road to take trucks to a set of traffic lights and then spend a couple of hundred thousand dollars that will fix it magically,” Rita Saffioti said as part of a heated debate which ended in her removal from the chamber.
“The minister reminded me of a snake-oil salesman standing there with his PFL tonic water,” she quipped.
“Stirling Bridge is not about trucks coming across it; it is about cars,” Mr Nalder told parliament. “This project is important irrespective of what happens at the harbour.”
by TRILOKESH CHANMUGAM