"Keeping Western Australia's people and freight moving through 'whole-of-network' transport solutions"
The $1.6 billion Perth Freight Link Project, officially launched on 19 May 2014 as part of the Federal Budget, is the largest road infrastructure project ever to be undertaken in Western Australia and includes three road infrastructure upgrades and developments, and the introduction of a Heavy Vehicle Charge. On 12 April 2016 Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced an additional Federal funding contribution of $260 million towards the development of the Fremantle Tunnel route, bringing the Perth Freight Link Project budget to $1.9 billion.
The Fremantle Tunnel will be a 3.3 km twin 12 metre diameter bored tunnel between Winterfold Road and High Street allowing for two lanes and shoulders in each direction.
It will provide the 'missing link' in the Perth Urban Transport Corridor, through a dedicated, high productivity, east-west freight connection between Perth's heartland industrial areas, such as Kewdale and Welshpool, and Fremantle Port. Current stop-start traffic will be replaced with free-flowing vehicle movements yielding environmental, safety and productivity benefits for the Western Australian community.
The project will link with the $1 billion Gateway WA project and the $1.12 billion NorthLink WA project to provide a free flowing 85 km route from Muchea to Fremantle Port and Perth's southern industrial and trade centres.