The McGowan Government will construct a new dual-carriageway road parallel to the existing Lord Street to ease congestion in Perth’s north-eastern suburbs.

In one of the first steps towards building the Morley-Ellenbrook Line as part of METRONET, the new road corridor will complement the future train line to Ellenbrook.

The McGowan Labor Government has renegotiated an existing contract for the construction of a bus transit way to Ellenbrook, removing it from the New Lord Street project to instead facilitate the rail line to be completed in 2022.

New Lord Street will generally run parallel to the existing Lord Street, which will be retained as a local road to service Ellenbrook and the rapidly growing suburbs of Dayton, Whiteman and Brabham.

The redistribution of traffic to New Lord Street is expected to significantly reduce congestion on the existing Lord Street – currently used by about 14,000 vehicles a day.

Meanwhile, new bus stops, bus priority measures and a new park and ride facility in Henley Brook means public transport users can expect a faster, more reliable service between Ellenbrook and Bassendean.

The project will create 90 direct jobs, with the new dual carriageway being the first step towards building the METRONET Morley-Ellenbrook Line, which will create over 3,000 local jobs.

A shared path will also run adjacent to the road, providing improved access to Whiteman Park for cyclists and pedestrians.

Work on the project will begin shortly and will include the relocation of a communications mast to make way for a METRONET station in the heart of Ellenbrook.

Premier Mark Mcgowan said, “A bus lane for Ellenbrook was never going to cut it; that’s why we’ve moved swiftly to build a new dual-carriageway to ease traffic congestion and start work on the rail line to Ellenbrook. Our commitment to the north-eastern suburbs was to deliver road improvements and METRONET – and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

The project is expected to cost $57 million and is due to be completed by mid-2018.

You can read the full media release here.

You can also watch a short video on the project here.