Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

$207.5 million to remove level crossings in Swan!

The Morrison Liberal Government has announced that the 2019–20 Federal Budget will lock in an additional $1.6 billion investment for critical infrastructure across Perth and regional Western Australia.

This includes road and rail investments to bust congestion across the state to ensure people across WA get home sooner and safer.

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons has secured $207.5 million for the removal of three key level crossings at Oats Street, Welshpool Road and Mint Street and a further $13.25 million for the Abernethy Road upgrade.

This announcement builds upon the existing $9.81 billion worth of commitments to West Australian road and rail infrastructure, including $4.8 billion over the past two Budgets.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said this year’s Budget would lock in further federal support for crucial infrastructure projects across regional WA.

“The upcoming Budget will continue the Liberal and Nationals Government’s firm commitment to ensuring Western Australia gets its fair share of infrastructure funding now and into the future,” the Prime Minister said.

“We are prioritising investment in the major projects needed to better support regional areas, ease congestion in and around Perth and reduce the terrible impact of road trauma by delivering safer roads.”

Federal Member for Swan Steve Irons said he had spoken to many people in Swan about how they are struggling with the congestion on our roads and how they want to get home to their families quicker.

“The removal of these three key level crossings in Swan will change the way we move around our city and benefit the entire community.

“The level crossings are noisy, they cause congestion and worst of all they are dangerous.

“I’d like to thank everyone who signed my petition calling for the removal of these level crossings for their support, which has been a key factor in helping to secure this initial funding.

“I’m going to keep working on behalf of local residents to reduce the number of level crossings in Swan as a matter of priority.

“We are acting now and are committed to a better quality of life for the commuters. We want to ease the pressure on you.
“This investment is about getting on with delivering the critical infrastructure that Western Australia needs.”

Summary of funding for key WA infrastructure projects in the upcoming Budget

Level Crossing Removals

  • Oats Street/Welshpool Road/Mint Street Level Crossing Removal (Federal Government investment: $207.5 million)


  • Albany Ring Road (Federal Government investment: $140 million)
  • Fremantle Traffic Bridge (Swan River Crossing) (Federal Government investment: $115 million)
  • Tonkin Highway projects (Thomas Road to South Western Highway, Great Eastern Highway to Collier Road, Kelvin, Hale and Welshpool) (Federal Government investment: $348 .5 million of additional funding bringing our overall commitment to those three projects to $929 million)
  • Bunbury Outer Ring Road – Stages 2 and 3 (Federal Government investment: $122 million of additional funding taking our overall commitment to $682 million)

Roads of Strategic Importance Initiative

  • Western Australian section of the Newman to Katherine Corridor (Federal Government investment: $70 million)
  • Western Australian section of the Alice Springs to Halls Creek Corridor (Federal Government investment: $75 million)
  • Karratha to Tom Price Corridor (Federal Government investment: $248 million)
  • Wheatbelt Secondary Freight Network (Federal Government investment: $70 million)
  • Western Australian section of the Port Augusta to Perth (Federal Government investment: $50 million)
  • Pinjarra Heavy Haulage Deviation – Stage 1 (Federal Government investment: $22 million)

Urban Congestion Fund

  • Thomas Road and Nicholson Road in Oakford (Federal Government investment: $10 million)
  • Transforming Freeways – widening and introduction of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) (Kwinana and Mitchell Freeways) (Federal Government investment: $50 million)
  • Lloyd Street Extension (Federal Government investment: $20 million)
  • Abernethy Road Upgrade (Federal Government investment: $13.25 million)
  • Lakelands Station (Federal Government investment: $10 million)
  • Shorehaven Boulevard / Marmion Avenue Intersection Upgrade (Federal Government investment: $2.5 million)
  • More Parking Bays at Mandurah Station (Federal Government investment: $16 million)

Major Project Business Case Fund

  • Future Road and Rail Connections for Perth (Federal Government investment: $25 million) – to investigate future road and rail links to support the growth of the transport network in Perth
  • Westport project (Federal Government investment: $10 million) – development of business cases and corridor preservation to support the Westport: Port and Environs Strategy, which is currently being developed by the WA Government.

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