The Perth Darwin National Highway Planning Study was completed in 2013 and involved the following three areas:
Following completion of the planning study process in 2013, project development on NorthLink WA commenced.
The following information outlines the outcomes of various earlier planning studies that have been completed, and is provided as background. Future information relevant to NorthLink WA, including mapping, consultation and further investigations is available on the NorthLink WA website.
Additionally, all information regarding project development and delivery north of Muchea is available on the Great Northern Highway Muchea to Wubin Stage 2 project page.
The planning study for the future Perth-Darwin National Highway (PDNH) between Reid Highway and Bindoon, addresses the long term needs for the highway with a 20 to 30 year planning horizon, and was divided into three sections:
The road planning work to define the freeway concept and reservation that connects the PDNH with Tonkin Highway is complete.
Community consultation included seeking comment from landowners, the community and other stakeholders on the concept illustrated in this newsletter.
The concept plan is available for detailed viewing in high and low resolution.
As part of the consultation program, we contacted and liaised with a wide range of directly impacted landowners and groups. All comments were reviewed by Main Roads and the study working group. A preferred concept and reservation was prepared and presented to key stakeholders for endorsement, including local government and the Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC). The WAPC was approached to include the reservation in the Perth Metropolitan Region Scheme.
The PDNH was identified as a priority project for the State Government. The State and Federal Governments committed funding to start building the section between Tonkin Highway and Muchea, known as NorthLink WA. Construction commenced in 2016.
We completed a strategic road network review to confirm the preferred alignment for the PDNH between Reid Highway and Maralla Road, Bullsbrook. The review showed that the option to connect the PDNH to Tonkin Highway was preferred to the currently planned alignment along Lord Street as it provided a more logical and effective transport network and has less social impact on existing and future residential areas between Ellenbrook and Reid Highway.
The Western Australian Planning Commission (WAPC) then endorsed in principle the option to connect the PDNH to Tonkin Highway as the preferred long term regional road network configuration. The WAPC requested that more detailed planning be undertaken to develop a concept and reservation for this section of the PDNH.
This work has been completed with the assistance of a working group which included representatives from: Main Roads, Department of Planning, Department of Transport, Department of Environment and Conservation, Department of Water, Water Corporation, City of Swan and Public Transport Authority.
Planning for the PDNH between Maralla Road Bullsbrook and Brand Highway Muchea has been completed. The Department of Planning has initiated an amendment to the Perth Metropolitan Region Scheme (MRS Amendment 1222/41) to include the reservation required for the proposed highway.
Project publications for this section of the highway are listed at the end of this web page.
This section has been included in the NorthLink WA project website.
The Great Northern Highway (GNH) upgrade option was endorsed by the Shire of Chittering, Shire of Gingin, PDNH Steering Committee and WA Planning Commission's Infrastructure Coordinating Committee (WAPC/ICC) as the preferred long term alignment for PDNH in October 2009.
The planning study to define the reservation requirements for the future upgrading of GNH between Muchea and Bindoon has been completed. The study was undertaken in consultation with directly affected landowners and other key stakeholders, including the Shire of Chittering.
Community consultation on a preliminary concept and reservation for the proposed upgrading of GNH was conducted between October and December 2010. Submissions received during consultation were analysed and issues raised were investigated.
A preferred concept and reservation were subsequently developed and endorsed by the Shire of Chittering, the PDNH Steering Committee and the Western Australian Planning Commission’s (WAPC) Sustainable Transport Committee.
The next step involved initiating an amendment to the Shire of Chittering’s Town Planning Scheme to include the PDNH reservation, which would include further public comment being sought.
Please see the Great Northern Highway Muchea to Wubin Stage 2 project page for more detail.
The planning study to define the reservation requirements for the future deviation of GNH around the Bindoon townsite was undertaken in consultation with directly affected landowners and other key stakeholders, including the Shire of Chittering. At study completion there was no funding committed to construct the proposed highway deviation.
Community consultation on a preferred concept and reservation for the proposed Bindoon deviation was conducted during July and August 2010.
The Shire of Chittering and the PDNH Steering Committee endorsed the preferred concept and reservation as presented to the community. The outcomes were subsequently endorsed by the Western Australian Planning Commission’s (WAPC) Sustainable Transport Committee.
The next step involved initiating an amendment to the Shire of Chittering’s Town Planning Scheme to include the reservation for the Bindoon deviation, which would include further public comment being sought.
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