​Residents of Ellenbrook and surrounding suburbs will be able to cut their travel time by half with the opening of a new section of Tonkin Highway.

Minister for Transport, Hon Rita Saffioti joined dozens of local families on a celebratory 10 km bike ride to simultaneously open the new 4 metre-wide shared path. Read more in the Media Statement .

Providing a direct, freeway standard route from The Promenade in Ellenbrook through to Gnangara Road, Reid Highway and Morley Drive will ease congestion and driver frustration.

This central section milestone puts NorthLink WA one-step closer to completion with the final northern section expected to open to Muchea at the end of the year.

NorthLink WA will provide a free-flowing, freeway standard route diverting 80 per cent of heavy vehicles away from local roads, improving travel times and traffic flow, and reducing driver frustration.

The $1.02 b initiative is jointly funded by the Australian ($821m) and Western Australian (204m) governments.