Gnangara Road a priority for Labor, Travers says

Opposition wants dangerous stretch of road upgraded to provide dual carriageway for motorists

June 20, 2012

The Western Australian Opposition is calling for an "urgent" upgrade of Gnangara Road, about 30 minutes north of Perth.

Opposition spokesman on transport Ken Travers says money from the Road Trauma Trust Fund should be allocated to fix the road, which which was named the riskiest by the Royal Automotive Club (RAC).

"Gnangara Road is in urgent need of an upgrade and, if elected, WA Labor would act immediately to provide funding to the City of Swan for the necessary works," he says.

"This is a notorious stretch of road, with numerous accidents and even fatalities occurring in recent years."

Travers believes traffic on the road will increase due to congestion on Ocean Reef Road.

Providing a dual carriageway and reconstructing the existing route for stormwater purposes is estimated to cost $24 million.

"The City of Swan has already secured funding for some works on Gnangara Road," Travers says.

"Labor proposes to commit a further $10 million towards the upgrade, which would be subject to continuing negotiations with the City of Swan."

West Swan MP Rita Saffioti says residents have repeatedly complained about the road’s poor condition and want a four-lane dual carriageway built.

"There are significant safety concerns regarding the quality of the road and the increasing use of the road as one of the major east-west road connections through this area," she says.

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